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Bataan Memorial Death March 2010 Results

The 21st annual Bataan Memorial Death March took place on March 21st at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The event includes both a 26.2 mile and 15.2 mile experience.

A record 5700+ military and non-military marchers signed up for the event!

This is not your typical endurance event and adds an additional dimension to the word experience.

In 1942, During WWII 11,796 American Soldiers were forced to march for days in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died. The survivors faced the hardships as prisoners of war. Come to New Mexico for a test of endurance, an active history lesson and to honor these heroic service members who sacrificed their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.

This weekend filled experience contained both military and non-military participants that tested themselves on the 26.2 mile course in the light or heavy division. What is light/heavy? The heavy division requires athletes to carry a 35+ pound pack on their back! The light division does not require the awkward mass.


The marathon leads athletes on a counterclockwise course of dirt, sand, dry air, heat, a bit of pavement, and some elevation gain to keep it real. From looking at the elevation provide I would describe it as ~10 km of friendly downhill grade, ~10 km of moderate uphill grade (400 meters /1312 feet), ~10km of moderate downhill grade (350 meters /1148 feet), and ~10km of some rollers. Toss on a 35 pound pack and…yes…you get the idea.

The 15.2 mile athletes skip the major climb/descent in the middle of the course and traverse along mostly rolling terrain.

Course Map and Profile


Marathon Military Heavy

425 military athletes took on the 26.2 mile challenge with a 35+ pound pack on their back.

The top four females all averaged fairly tight pacing with 15 seconds/mile difference separating 1st from fourth. Marsha McLean was the athlete that was able to create a bit of separation from the rest and win with a time 6:56:54, less than five minutes in front of her chasers.

Top 3 female:

  1. Marcha McLean (TX) – 6:36:50
  2. Nichol Cottrell (MD) – 6:41:18
  3. Vanessa Najera (NC) – 6:41:56

Eric Ross and Eric Turk, both from North Carolina, were the lone runners at the front and did not look back. They both averaged a 9:51 min/mile pace and finished in 4:18:08 and 4:18:09 respectively.

Top 3 male:

  1. Eric Ross (NC) – 4:18:08
  2. Eric Turk (NC) – 4:18:09
  3. Charles Sullivan (AE) – 4:39:22

Marathon Military Light

471 military athletes took on the marathon course without the pack.

Belinda Ryman ran an average 10:50 min/mile to win the female race by four minutes with a time of 4:43:50.

Top 3 female:

  1. Belinda Ryman (TX) – 4:43:50
  2. Tanya Pinkerton (NM) – 4:47:56
  3. Rebecca Hoffman (CO) – 4:50:08

Roman Lopez was the first to cross the finish in the male race with a time of 4:15:59 and 9:46 min/mile average.

Top 3 male:

  1. Roman Lopez (NY) – 4:15:59
  2. Darrick Coriz (NM) – 4:20:19
  3. Paul Laymon (SC) – 4:23:58

Marathon Civilian Heavy

238 non-military athletes wanted the pack for 26.2 miles.

Both Kristin Thompson and Amanda Demuth led the push in the female race with Thompson holding on for the win in 5:31:04.

Top 3 female:

  1. Kristin Thompson (CO) – 5:31:04
  2. Amanda Demuth (TX) – 5:38:01
  3. Whitney Willbanks (TX) – 6:18:32

The top three male athletes had a pacing difference of 10 seconds/mile with David Stanfield leading the march and finishing with a time of 4:39:06.

Top 3 male:

  1. David Stanfield (IA) – 4:39:06
  2. James Nuxoll (IL) – 4:43:17
  3. Matthew Shingara (PA) – 4:47:42

Marathon Civilian Light

1512 non-military athletes wanted 26.2 mile but left the pack at home – thank you very much.

Jennifer Goebel knocked off sub eight minute miles to win the female race in 3:27:24. Second place was five and a half minutes back.

Top 3 female:

  1. Jennifer Goebel (IL) – 3:27:24
  2. Melissa Nelson (NM) – 3:33:09
  3. Jackie Shaffer (TX) – 3:38:39

The top two male runners averaged a zippy 6:23 and 6:33 min/mile pace across the dirt, sand, and hills. Corey White eventually separated from the rest to win in a crazy fast time of 2:47:08.

Top 3 male:

  1. Corey White (NM) – 2:47:08
  2. Mathew Lavine (IL) – 2:51:31
  3. Barry Brill (NY) – 3:03:22

Honorary – 15.2 mile

802 athletes scampered on the 15.2 mile course.

MaryAnn Kos glided through the course in 7:07 min/mile pace with no one up ahead to catch – no man, woman, or child. Kos won the whole darn thing in 1:52:21.

Top 3 female:

  1. Maryann Kos (NM) – 1:48:04 (*overall winner*)
  2. Shannon Zanelli (NM) – 1:56:06
  3. Lauren Myers (NM) – 2:01:30

The top three male runners were in for a tight challenge with less than two minutes separating the three after 15.2 miles. David Baker had the extra gear to win by less than one minute in a time of 1:52:21.

Top 3 male:

  1. David Baker (CO) – 1:52:21
  2. Roy Nichols (TX) – 1:53:15
  3. Juan Gonzalez (NM) – 1:54:06

Complete results for all distances.

Race Reports and Photos

  • marathon heavy – “So here I am….feeling good doing 13 minute freaking miles at mile 5 and thinking…”What AM I DOING TO MYSELF?! But the body felt fine…the heart rate was fine…so just keep doing what I am doing” by Dave @ …And the Adventure Continues
  • marathon light  – “My gait was affected by it, but so be it. It was manageable, but pretty painful. This race was very mental for me, and the music from the iPod could not drown out much of this. Tenacity is the word that comes to mind.” – Renee @ Pinkcorker’s Desert Trail Running Blog
  • Collect of Photos from brightroom

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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