With more than four-and-a-half months until the first runner crosses the start line, 1,147 participants have registered for the 2018 Bataan Memorial Death March, 29 more than at this point last year.
More than 7,200 people took part in the 2017 event held annually on the rugged terrain of White Sands Missile Range. The 29th running will take place Sunday, March 25, 2018.
The 26.2-mile course honors the Soldiers who defended the Philippines at the outbreak of World War II. After thousands of American and Filipino Soldiers surrendered to invading Japanese forces on April 9, 1942, their captors marched them more than 60 miles through treacherous jungle and into captivity. Thousands died along the way, and those who survived faced years as prisoners of war. Many died in the prisoner-of-war camps.
Many marathon enthusiasts consider the Bataan Memorial Death March one of the toughest events of its kind in the United States. Participants, military members and civilians, compete in teams or as individuals. In the "heavy" division, each participant carries a 35-pound rucksack. The event also features a 14.2-mile, non-competitive route.
Participants may register online at http://bataanmarch.com/.