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Minnesota National Guard
The 12th Annual Bataan Memorial March

With the sound of a starting pistol, almost 300 runners and marchers took off from the corner of Wright and 13th Streets in Brainerd, Mn, in remembrance of the Bataan Death March, where Japanese Soldiers forced American and Filipino Soldiers to a prisoner of war camp after the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942

Bataan Death March survivors Walter Straka and Ken Porwoll took the first steps of the race, but were soon passed by Soldiers and civilians alike in the competitive race

Ben Zilka, a first year Reserve Officer Training Corps student in St Johns University, finished first in the 10-mile individual event of the 12th Annual Bataan Memorial March with a time of 1:08:21 Zilka, a biology student, wanted to start the summer off with a race

"College is over for the year, and I like to run," he said "It was a great course, mostly flat with a few rolling hills"

This was the 12th year a race was held in commemoration of the Bataan Death March After the fall of Bataan in 1942, the 75,000 American and Filipino who surrendered were subject to starvation, dehydration, physical abuse and murder during the week-long, 90-mile march Of the 75,000 Soldiers who began the march, about 54,000 made it to their destination Included in the number were 59 National Guardsmen from Brainerd's 34th Tank Company, (reorganized as part of the 194th Tank Battalion in World War II) of which 29 survived the march and captivity

by Daryl G Sanford "¢ Camp Ripley Public Affairs
May 21, 2009


In this years event, competitors chose between distances of 10 to 20-mile and light or heavy (heavy must include a 35-pound field pack and frame)

10-mile Male Light
- Ben Zilka 1:08:21
- Chad Ctohman 1:08:39
- Daniel Turek 1:14:27

10-mile Female Light
- Amanda Panek 1:17:22
- Amanda Peterson 1:30:22
- Missy Nash 1:34:10

10-mile Heavy Male
- Andrew Krochalk 1:56:45
- Brett Farniok 2:01:48
- Jacob LeFever 2:05:54

10-Mile Heavy Female
- Tina Stalboerger 2:13:34
- Mary Alice Rlemann 2:56:56

20-mile Male Light
- David Guie 2:21:26
- Mike Jacobs 2:28:27
- Chris Hanson 2:32:01

20-mile Female Light
- Susan Geise 5:49:55
- Sue Olson 6:10:00

20-mile Heavy Male
- Cory Voight 4:26:13
- Joseph Klove 5:21:26

20-mile Heavy Female
- Angela Martin 6:13:15

20-mile Team Light
- SPC Andrew Domine 2:44:25
- PFC Kevin Swedal 2:47:01
- PV2 Sean Riley 2:48:19

20-mile Team Heavy
- SGT Ross Miller 4:31:15
- PFC Nicholas Foster 5:31:15
- CPT David Campbell 6:31:15
Read about the History of the 34th Tank Company and the Bataan Death March

Read about the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Bataan Death March held in Basra, Iraq

May 9, 2009: The 12th Annual Bataan Memorial March - Low-Res

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