Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon
White Sands Missile Range, NM
Sunday, March 25, 2007

Race Morning - The Emotional Start

Clint shows the effect of a 0300 wakeup call.

It's not daylight yet, but we're smiling!

Ron honored WWII veterans - his Dad, as well as those special to other running friends.

Julie keeping Murray warm on a brisk New Mexico morning

Ross and Ron hang out near those important facilities as the sun rises

The most emotional start to a marathon you will ever experience. Before sunrise there is a Memorial Service, including a Roll Call of veterans from the 1942 Bataan Death March who have passed away in the last year. As you queue up to begin the race you have a chance to gently shake the hands of surviving veterans from those terrible days on the Bataan Peninsula. It may be the only time you cross a start line with tears in your eyes.

It's 0655 local time and we all are on the way for our 26.2.

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