Anyone planning to take part in the 29th running of the Bataan Memorial Death March on Sunday, March 25, 2018, should register now before early-bird discounts expire on New Year’s Eve.
Both team and individual registration fees will increase by $50 and $15 respectively on Jan. 1, 2018. Team fees will go from $450 to $500, and individual fees will rise from $95 to $110.
Standard registration fees will apply from Jan. 1 through Feb. 11, and fees will increase again on Feb. 12.
Participants may register online at http://bataanmarch.com/.
More than 7,000 marchers from across the U.S. and several foreign countries are expected this year. They include civilians, members of every U.S. military Service and Wounded Warriors. Several Bataan survivors are also expected.
The grueling, 26.2-mile march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range 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.
The Bataan Memorial Death March is considered by many to be the toughest marathon-length event in the U.S.