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Bataan Death March Tribute 102K Ultramarathon

Bataan Death March Tribute 102K Ultramarathon

Yes, on the real Bataan Death March route. It will be 102K of heat and humidity from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippine island of Luzon. The ultra will be run on both municipal roads and highways. Here is the link to the website and another for the race director’s site. The race director (Mr. Jovenal Narcise) has done plenty of write-ups on his site, including support and general information about the race.

I’ve run the Bataan Death March marathon in White Sands, NM. It remembers the same event in WWII. With both Filipino and American veterans, it is a somber rememberance of the human being’s ability to inflict cruelty on other human beings while we take sides in a conflict. Soldiers (American, allied, and all entrants from around the world) are encouraged to march the 26.2 distance with 35 lbs in a rucksack. It’s not 102K, but I certainly “avoided” that division and ran the easier civilian light division.

I’m thinking that I’ll sign up for the Bataan 102K Ultra in its second running. My schedule this year just would not allow a second trip to the PI so soon. But that historical event is imprinted in my mind as a cultural heritage that’s unique to my race and individuality. It will be a shame to not do it, much like saying a Greek runner not taking part in the Athens Marathon.

Race Route

Race Route

For the ultrarunners who venture out of their countries looking for a great event to run, I encourage you to check out this ultra of high historical significance. It will be a unique notch in your ultra career!

As I finish this post, the clock on the Ultra website said 23:31:07. The ultra is set to start at 1AM on Sunday April 5, 2009. 82 runners will start the race past-midnight to try to avoid the heat of the tropical mid-day sun. Good luck to the runners at the inaugural Bataan Death March Ultra!

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