Posted On Saturday, May 14, 2011
Bates proudly outfitted Ironwoman Kathy Marmon, a devoted soul right here in our hometown who participated in the 22nd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, NM. Kathy, who was often seen training at the local gym in her Bates Lites boots, carried a 38lb pack while facing 40mph winds in the 26.2 mile course. The various food items she carried in the pack were then donated at the end of the event.
Photo: Kathy competing in her Bates Lites Military boots while carrying a 38lb pack filled with donation items.
Kathy's son, an active Marine, served as her inspiration. She noted the most rewarding part of the very emotional and physical event was "seeing the survivors present to shake hands and thank us for participating. It was the most humbling and rewarding experience I've ever been through".
Kathy started a personal quest for fitness about 10 years ago and has competed in over 7 full marathons and 5 half ironmans. She felt a desire to do more and give back and has since been working to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project. Her goal this year is to raise at least $10,000 for wounded warriors and their families. To help Kathy meet this goal, donations are accepted through her secure webpage for WWP.
Top- The Color Guard stands at attention along with march participants to pay tribute to those who have passed away.
Bottom - A Bataan March survivor welcomes and thanks participants along the 26.2 mile course.
The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, 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. Those like Kathy, marching the 26.2 miles will be able to experience, in part, what Soldiers endured during their long forced trek through the Philippines. To learn more about the Bataan Memorial Death March, visit their website.