Q. Are Hi Tech boots allowed?
A. Yes. They are encouraged to help prevent foot injuries.
Q. Is water and first aid available along the route?
A. There are 12 water points along the route. There are also several first aid stations.
Q. Are there portable toilets along the route?
A. There are 180 portable toilets along the route. We do suggest that you bring a bottle of hand sanitizer and/or baby wipes.
Q. How old must you be to participate?
A. 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.
Q. Are wheelchairs allowed on the route?
A. No. Due to the terrain we are unable to make the course wheelchair accessible.
Q. Are strollers allowed on the route?
A. No. This includes jogging and baby strollers.
Q. Are pets allowed on the route?
A. No. Pets are not permitted on the course or at the march site. Exceptions are made for working dogs.
Q. What is the maximum time allowed to complete the march?
A. ALL marchers must be off the route at 8:00 p.m.
Q. Do I have to wear a uniform if I’m entering a military category?
A. Yes, participants in military categories must be in a uniform that is in accordance with current military uniform standards.
Q. Are BDU shorts allowed in the military categories?
A. No. Although several services have theater specific provisions for the wearing of BDU-type shorts, they are not allowed in the military categories.
Q. Can I use a CamelBak instead of the LBE with a canteen?
A. Yes. Military participants may carry either the LBE with a minimum of one canteen or the CamelBak instead of the LBE with canteen.
Q. Are desert BDUs authorized on the march?
A. Yes. Official issue desert style BDUs are authorized, and encouraged, to help prevent heat injuries.
Q. Can I contribute my Unit coin to Bataan?
A.Yes. You can show your Unit pride and participation by contributing your Unit coin to Bataan. A specially designed coin rack will be displayed with all of the donated unit coins during in-processing. After Bataan, the coins and coin rack will be moved to the White Sands Missile Range Museum where they will be displayed in the special Bataan Memorial Death March section of the museum.
Q. For JROTC/ROTC entries in the team categories, may the instructors march with the cadets as a team member?
A. Yes. Any JROTC/ROTC instructor assigned to the entered unit’s team may enter with the team and march as a member of that team.
Q. Can retired military enter the military divisions?
A. Yes, as long as you are able to be in accordance with current military uniform standards.
Q. What is the weight limit for the heavy divisions?
A. Ruck plus frame must equal 35 lbs.
Q. What is an acceptable way to reach the 35 lbs for my backpack?
A. For the heavy category, we would like to encourage you to bring beans, rice, non perishable items, cans, macaroni, pasta, cat/dog food to use as weight in your backpack. Clear tape MUST be used when wrapping food items for weight, food cannot be wrapped with Duck Tape, Gorilla Tape, Electrical Tape, etc. At the conclusion for the march, you can drop your items in the bin and it will be donated to the Community Action Agency Food Bank. You may not pack logs, water, rocks, sand, or anything that can be replenished along the route.
Q. What are the requirements for entering the team categories?
A. Teams must consist of 5 members – no more, no less. All members must cross the finish line within 20 seconds of each other.
Q. Do all team members need to attend packet pickup?
A. Only the team captain/representative is required to pick up packet
Q. Is there a team category for the 14.2 mile route?