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After trekking 26.2 miles up a mountain and through a sand pit, members of the Fighting Saints Battalion, which included two 2011 River Falls High School graduates, raced to the finish line at Bataan Memorial Death March with a time of 5:48:07. Submitted photos

Honoring the fallen: Blood, sweat and tears

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Anyone knows that running a marathon is grueling, but imagine going up a mountain, through a sand pit in full Army combat gear, all while hauling a 35-pound "ruck" sack on your back.


That's exactly what two 2011 River Falls High School graduates did on March 17 in the White Sands Missile Range located in New Mexico during the Bataan Memorial Death March.

Isaac Witt, sophomore at St. John's University in Minnesota, described the race as "unbelievably difficult."

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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