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Cold weather hurt Run for the Troops 5K benefit

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Two dozen people turned out Saturday morning for the Run for the Troops 5K in East Dubuque, Ill. Two dozen people turned out Saturday morning for the Run for the Troops 5K in East Dubuque, Ill.

Cold weather had a chilling effect on the Run for the Troops 5K Saturday morning in East Dubuque, Ill.

Two dozen people braved low temperatures and snow to take part in the run, held by the University of Dubuque's Army ROTC.

The event helped raise funds to send at ROTC cadet team to the 2014 Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico later this month.

Those who helped organize the event said the weather kept a lot of people away.

"I was hoping for sunny and 70," UD ROTC cadet Kegan Johnson said with a laugh, "but, you know, with it being March 1, maybe at least a warm day, maybe 40s. We could've worked with that."

"You can't control the weather," cadet Ian Flood agreed. "We tried to make it as late as we could before registration was due for the Bataan, so we figured early March because registration's due next week."

Half the money raised Saturday morning will go to East Dubuque for the use of its elementary school for the event. The other half will help ease out-of-pocket expenses for the approximately 16 cadets heading to the memorial march.

The Bataan Memorial Death March recognizes all military members who have fallen and supports the veterans who endured the Battle of Bataan.

According to a release about the 5K by University of Dubuque spokesperson Kristi Lynch, "During the battle (of Bataan), approximately 10,000 American and Filipino forces were killed in action, while over 20,000 were wounded."

"In addition to the casualties, 75,000 American and Filipino troops were taken as prisoners of war," Lynch wrote. "Though suffering from combat wounds, disease, and malnutrition these prisoners were marched north over 80 miles to prisoner of war camps, a march that came to be known as the Bataan Death March. Lacking food and water, prisoners were beaten, shot, or bayoneted if they fell behind. Thousands of troops died even before reaching the war camps."

Flood attended the memorial march last year and said it was a powerful and important trip for him to take, as he got to interact with and learn from several veterans who survived the 80-mile march.

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