Not easy, but lots of fun. This was my first time doing it and I will probably do it again.
Did it in 2006 and 2007 with an Air Force team from work. Both were great experiences that provided ample time for reflection on the sacrifices of those who have defended our ideals with their lives. It's hard to complain about sore muscles when you consider what the march represents.
Done this as part of a Military Heavy team. My battalion had two teams and I was on the slow team. We finish just under six hours. The fast team was near the top; finishing somewhere around 4:45. Some of the guys on my team were in wheel chairs for several days after the race because of blisters and severely swollen knees and ankles.
I did the march in 2007 and 2008 and finished both times. Both years were fun and I don't regret doing it either. All of the volunteers are really supportive and the marchers all seem like they care about the importance of honoring the Bataan veterans. It makes me feel good to know that there is an event like this to remember our heros and I'm sure that they are proud and grateful also.
I did the BMDM four times, all in the military categories. I finished in 2000 (it used to be in April, and damn was it hot!), 2004 (injured, but finished), 2005 (cold & windy that year), and 2006. I've moved away from El Paso, and miss the training up and participating in the March.
Edited: that's a Bataan Memorial Death March hat I'm wearing in my profile photo.
2007 was my first time doing an event of this distance. I don't even like driving this far! Did it again in 2008. With plantar fasciitis in both heels, I was in a lot of pain 9 miles into it and ready to throw in the towel -- but with the help of my daughter, I was able to push through to the finish. Going around Mineral Hill was the toughest part. This is a very worthwhile undertaking that has special meaning.