BDM Fever

Just a quick post. First of all, it’s BDM102 this weekend and YES, I am definitely running the BDM102. I missed out on the BDM160 this year for several reasons — mainly due to work. But I am not missing out on the annual and the original race distance of the BDM which is the 102 kilometers from Mariveles, Bataan to Pampanga. I’ll be taking the time to think and reflect about many things that has happened last year. I haven’t gone around to doing that yet. I will also be taking the time to enjoy the route. It’s not as scenic as other race routes but there’s something about this event that just makes me want to do it over and over again.

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This map gives you a detailed visual geographic history of the infamous Bataan Death March.

For those new here, here’s a brief recap. One, the Bataan Death March is a major historical event that transpired during the World War II. More than 30,000 soldiers was estimated and was composed of Filipinos and Americans were forced to walk from Bataan to Capas, Tarlac. It’s been called the “death march” as majority of the soldiers who walked along the route died and did not make it to the POW [Prisoners of War] Camp in Tarlac.

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Another map of the Bataan Death March, a simplified version.

 

The BDM Ultramarathon started back in 2009 and is now on its fifth year. Though it is not the first ultramarathon event in the Philippines, it is the ONLY historical ultramarathon that has a direct bearing on the history of the modern world. As such, this event truly made a mark in the historical books of the Philippines and the United States of America.

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Throughout the historical route, you will be able to these kilometer markers with the appropriate distances marked on them.

On a personal note, I have three ancestors I’ve managed to trace who died during the Bataan Death March, two coming from my mother’s genealogy and one from my father. Whenever I get the chance to visit the memorial shrine at Capas, Tarlac I can’t helped feel sad, nostalgic and think if the life I am living is indeed worthy of the sacrifices that they’ve made in the name of our civil liberties.  So to all those joining this event, all the best and just keep moving forward!

 

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