2010 BDM 102 Awarding Ceremony

I was invited by Maj General Jovenal Narcise (aka: Bald Runner) to attend the Awarding Ceremony and Get-together Party for the 2010 Bataan Death March (BDM) 102, at the Tejeros Hall, AFP Officers Clubhouse, Camp Aguinaldo Q.C., last Thursday, March 11,2010.
A total of 143 runners were invited to join the 102 km race, but only 128 runners showed up at the Starting Line.
Out of the 128 runners, 104 runners were able to reach the Finish Line within the cut-off time of 18 hours.
While in the party, it was surprising to see the participants of the said race looked like just ordinary people, when one would think that they would look super lean and thin, with sun damaged skin and wrinkled face.
I salute everybody who joined this death defying race. Regardless if one finished within the cut off time or not what all you have done is unimaginable.
To Bald Runner congratulations very unique and good race and maybe just maybe I may do it next year!!!

BRIEF HISTORY OF The Bataan Death March took place in the Philippines in 1942 and was later accounted as a Japanese war crime. The 60-mile (97 km) march occurred after the three-month Battle of Bataan, part of the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42), during World War II.
The march, involving the forcible transfer of 75,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war[1] captured by the Japanese in the Philippines from the Bataan peninsula to prison camps, was characterized by wide-ranging physical abuse and murder, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon the prisoners and civilians along the route by the armed forces of the Empire of Japan. Be headings, cutting of throats and casual shootings were the more common actions—compared to instances of bayonet stabbing, rape, disembowelment, rifle butt beating and a deliberate refusal to allow the prisoners food or water while keeping them continually marching for nearly a week in tropical heat. Falling down or inability to continue moving was tantamount to a death sentence, as was any degree of protest or expression of displeasure.
Prisoners were attacked for assisting someone falling due to weakness, or for no apparent reason whatsoever. Strings of Japanese trucks were known to drive over anyone who fell. Riders in vehicles would casually stick out a rifle bayonet and cut a string of throats in the lines of men marching alongside the road. Accounts of being forcibly marched for five to six days with no food and a single sip of water are in postwar archives including filmed reports.
The exact death count has been impossible to determine, but some historians have placed the minimum death toll between six and eleven thousand men; whereas other postwar Allied reports have tabulated that only 54,000 of the 72,000 prisoners reached their destination—taken together, the figures document a casual killing rate of one in four up to two in seven (25% to 28.6%) of those brutalized by the forcible march. The number of deaths that took place in the internment camps from delayed effects of the march is uncertain, but believed to be high
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Mabu , me, Bald RunnerMabu , Me and Kim I want 1 !!!A Certificate of Sponorship was awarded to Concepcion Durables Inc. for awarding 1st Place to the men and women category
Kim recieving her award from Bald Runner
With some running friends