MARCHER INFO

BBoBMarchers participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March for many reasons: personal challenge, the spirit of competition, or to foster esprit de corps in their unit. Some march in honor of a family member or a particular veteran who was in the Bataan Death March or who was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese in the Philippines.

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range. Participants get to choose between two courses: a 26.2 mile course or a 14.2 mile course. The march was conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives. Many of the soldiers defending Bataan were from New Mexico, which affected many New Mexico families.

The Bataan Memorial Death March has become entwined in the culture of southwest New Mexico and has become one of the most popular events of the year for many people around the state, the country, and even around the world, drawing in more than 6,500 participants.

Since 1989, the Bataan Memorial Death March has been held annually. The march is considered a full marathon with a course that traces paved roads and sandy trails in the high desert landscapes of southwest New Mexico. It is considered by Marathon Guide as one of the top 30 marathons in the United States.

Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports,”¬†Features the Bataan Memorial Death March

In June 2016, Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” featured the Bataan Memorial Death March including an interview of¬†98-year-old Ben Skardon, a Bataan survivor.

Share Your Photography with Us!

Photography is allowed during the Bataan Memorial Death March! So bring your cameras shutterbugs and show us what you snap on your journey through the Bataan Memorial Death March!

Below is a beautiful, captivating medley of photographs Tara Ruby Photography shot during the 2016 Bataan Memorial Death March! This creative marcher then made this awesome video of the photos she captured! Read the full story below.


2016 Bataan Death MarchI am finally able to share my photos from the 2016 Bataan Memorial Death March I competed with them at the recent Professional Photographers of America competition and the feedback from the photos as an album was overwhelming. The judges were very impressed with the story that was told and I think it’s a story that needs to be told more often then it is. I put the photos together into a video via Animoto and I hope you all find this to mean as much to you as it did to me. Jamey Garner graciously gave me permission to use his Song, “That’s what soldier’s do” … which went with the song so well. I hope to attend next years 75th anniversary march.

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives. (http://bataanmarch.com)

Posted by Tara Ruby Photography on Saturday, August 13, 2016