Bataan 2021 to be a Virtual Event

The 32nd annual Bataan Memorial Death March will be hosted virtually for the first time in event history. Marchers will be able to participate anytime between April 9 and April 18, 2021. The decision by White Sands Missile Range to host the event virtually allows leadership to keep COVID safety the top priority for participants, volunteers, staff and community supporters. It also gives participants the flexibility to choose a date and route that works best for them, while honoring the memory of World War II heroes.

On April 9, 1942 tens of thousands of American and Filipino Soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces and were forced to march more than 60 miles in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died and those who survived faced the hardships of prisoner of war camps. The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging and grueling march that tests both mental and physical abilities. For the 2021 virtual experience, marchers are encouraged to choose a challenging stretch of road or trail in honor of the historical march. Marchers can choose between the full 26.2 mile marathon length or a 14.2 mile honorary distance.

The March officially kicks off on April 9, 2021, and participants may choose any day between April 9 and April 18, 2021 to complete their mileage. The March must be completed in one day. Returning marchers will find they will only need to select their distance for the 2021 March, as multiple categories are not necessary in a virtual environment. Event organizers still encourage participants to march in their own way, to include in uniform or with a “ruck” if desired and safe.

The registration fee includes a Bataan Marcher T-Shirt, Marcher Bib, Commemorative Dog Tag, and a Participation Medal. As with all virtual fitness events, the March is based on the honor system. Event organizers will not be tracking finishing times, instead focusing on the memorial aspect of the event. More details on the opening date for registration and pricing will be announced soon via website and social media. Please follow the Bataan Memorial Death March Facebook page and for future announcements.





Registering for the Bataan Memorial Death March Virtual Edition


Click on one of the pictures or register button above and you will be directed to our external race partner “It’s Your Race” to complete your registration. From there you will choose to participate in the virtual full march (26.2) or the virtual honorary march (14.2). Download the It’s Your Race (IYR) Virtual Mobile App to your mobile device. This app will automatically track your pace, distance, overall time and recognize the race distance that you registered for. The app will notify you and automatically stop your session at the appropriate distance.

Participating in the Bataan Memorial Death March Virtual Edition


When you are ready to start your selected distance, open the It’s Your Race Virtual Mobile app and search for “Virtual Bataan Memorial Death March”. Click on the “Ready For My Race” button when prompted. The app will automatically detect the email address that you are logged in with and compare it to the registrations for the march. Select the race distance tat you registered for, the app will pull your registration for the event. If you registered multiple participants under your account, it will ask you which person is running right now choose your name and tap the “OK” button. When you are ready to begin your march select the “Start Race” button at the bottom, a count down of 5 seconds will begin. You will receive notifications from your mobile device to allow motion/fitness activity and to allow GPS. ALL permissions MUST be allowed for tracking purposes. Begin your Virtual Bataan Memorial Death March experience.

When you’ve reached the exact distance, you will get a notification your march is complete and the app will automatically send your results to the events results page.

*NOTE* If for any reason you need to cancel your march once you’ve started, completely close out the app and it will wipe out your session. When you restart the app you can begin your march again. Please remember to check your local regulations to see where you can and can’t run/march/ruck at this time, and remember to social distance!

$55 registration fee gives you a marcher packet that includes a Marcher T-Shirt, Commemorative Dog Tag, Marcher Bib and Participation Medal. Shipping fee is included for registrations placed within the United States and an additional fee will be charged for International addresses.

The first 9,500 marchers that register before March 1st, 2021 will receive a full marcher packet before April 9th, 2021. Registrations over 9,500 and/or received after March 1st, 2021 are not guaranteed a full marcher packet and/or may receive packet after the event dates.

Registration Rules

No On-site Registration!

  • No packet pick up the day of the march. You MUST pick up your packet and bib during our packet pick up dates. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you do not have a bib you can NOT do the march. If you do not have a bib you will be removed from the course by security.
  • Refunds will NOT be authorized once registered nor will they be issued due to inclement weather or cancellation of the march. Specific situations such as military deployment or medical emergency will be taken into consideration, however the individual must contact us directly and provide appropriate documentation.
  • You can NOT start the course if you arrive late. Be sure you are in your appropriate wave for the opening ceremony at 6:30 a.m., NO EXCEPTIONS for late starters.
  • When you  arrive at White Sands Missile Range please allow extra time while at the gate because of security procedures. All vehicles are subject to search. Be prepared to show photo identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance (or rental car contract). We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Registration Changes

The Bataan Memorial Death March has been CANCELLED

Due to the event being cancelled there will be no packet pickup. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.

After February 27th, changes may ONLY be made during packet pickup. All fees must be paid at that time.

There will be a $100 fee for converting a team registration to 5 individual registrations after February 27th.

There will be a $50 fee for any changes made to individual registrations after February 27th. This includes:

  • Change to team members.
  • Transfer of a bib number from one individual to another. This also requires a confirmation number.
  • Changing an individual registration into a team registration will not be accepted at packet pickup. In the event that you have registered individually and would like to form a team instead, you must forfeit your individual registration and re-register your team. You will NOT receive a refund for the individual registration and must also pay the team registration fee. THIS MAY ONLY BE DONE PRIOR TO THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE.

Registration Prices

No walk-in registration will be taken at Family & MWR facilities. You must register online.  All marchers MUST pre-register!

Mail-in registrations will not be accepted for the Bataan Memorial Death March (Exceptions will apply in cases where payment must be made with a purchase order.  In this event, please contact us via for mail-in forms and information.  Must be postmarked NLT 22 February 2021).

Individual Registration: $55

Honorary Registration: $55

First 9,500 marchers to register during this time will receive a full marcher packet that includes: Marcher T-Shirt, Commemorative Dog Tag, Marcher Bib, and Participation Medal.

Individual Registration: $55

Honorary Registration: $55

Marchers that register during this time are not guaranteed a full marcher packet and/or may receive the packet after the event dates.