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Bataan Memorial Death March

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

Date 15 March, 2020

About Bataan Memorial Death March

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honour 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.

Miles & Miles of Nothing but Desert

Practicalities

Age Limit

Minimum age to participate is 9 years old providing the individual is registered and marching with a parent/guardian or a member of the family who is 18 years or older. (Child MUST be with parent/guardian at all times when on the route)

Aid Stations

There are 12 water points along the route. There are also several first aid stations.

Maximum Time

ALL marchers must be off the route at 8:00 p.m.

Bataan Memorial Death March Route Map

Bataan Memorial Death March Route Map

Start:

Youth Services Soccer Field (next to Bldg. 1316, Goddard Ave).

White Sands Missile Range, NM, USA

Finish:

be located at the Frontier Club (Bldg. 1330, Martin Luther King Blvd).

White Sands Missile Range, NM, USA

Difficulty

extreme

Overview

From the start line (blue star at the south end of the map), the routes go counterclockwise. The numerically-marked (1-12) blue drops indicate the water points. The red stars indicate medical stations.

The 14.2-mile route is essentially the lower portion of the 26.2 mile course.

On the 26.2-mile course, the route proceeds northwest from Water Point 4/8, circling a small mountain known as Mineral Hill. Returning to Water Station 4/8, marchers travel south along the paved road covered earlier in the route. The course then veers west along dirt and sand trails, coming up the backside of the White Sands community and returning to the finish line.

The area know as the “Sand Pit,” featuring deep sand, comes after Water Station 9. But, be aware, the dirt trails elsewhere along the route can be sandy and dusty as well. This is particularly true of the stretch between Water Station 1 and Water Station 3.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.