This image is a composite of the original and current Death Marches. .. Check out link below - then use your browser's back arrow to return to album.
Most of the In-Procesing took place Saturday, the day before the March. .. Reminder, you can enlarge an image by using "sizes" button on lower right. .. The regular size is "L."
One of the t-shirts available and a common design.
The t-shirt provided to all participants, plus a paper certificate and a memento "dog tag."
The rear has a "chip" attached to record your time at several points in the March.
You could have your certificate beautifully framed within a short wait - and for $65.
Awaiting a talk by one of the seven (some sources said eight) Bataan survivors that could be with us - it was soon standing room only.
That's Ben Skardon, a survivor, with his granddaughter....In July he'll turn 100. .. Check link below:
Another link below:
0400 Sunday - as I was an early arrival. .. Marchers were supposed to be onsite by 0600.
More is OK, but no less than 35 pounds in the "Heavy" divisions.
Before the start I left my flannel shirt back at the car, as it was only mildly cool then.
During the opening ceremonies, I believe the naming of survivors who had passed in the last year - 26.
OK - let's start getting this sucker on the road.
The marathon route here. .. Those in the "Honorary" division would march the 14.2-mile lower loop. .. [That's State Highway 70 - not I-70.]
Many Wounded Warriors began at the head of the March.
"Military Heavy" was the first division to head out.
So many had these, something I had overlooked during in-processing, .. Link below:
Bill Overmier, 97, one of the Bataan survivors cheering us on at the start line.
Followed by "Ben's Brigade," our friend Ben Skardon on his 8.4-mile march - from a newspaper photo.
He made it - for the 10th consecutive year... You go, Ben.
On paved roads for the first couple of miles; many joggers near the start but not at the end.
The minimum age was 9 - although this lad admitted to being 8. .. There were almost no children, however.
Men had an easier time, going in the bushes. :)
Passing a missile exhibit - Yes, "Fat Man" replica on the left, which decisively ended WWII.
Brown is the marathon marker; blue for the shorter 14.2-mile course... The first 8.2 miles were shared together.
Hey, out of nowhere - waving golden poppies cheered us on.
How did they know we were coming? .. Way to go, guys.
Hey, just get used to seeing marchers checking their feet.
I asked the lady if she was OK - just resting.
A checkpoint for our chips. .. That's actual time, not time from start.
The medical personnel wore the maroon t-shirts, seen on the right.
I don't think any of us exceeded the speed limit as we passed under the bridge. .. Las Cruces to the left, Alamagordo to the right on Highway 70.
Right - these are runners who've already finished the upper loop.. Don't expect to see many rucksacks among them. :)