Bataan Marathon

Opening Ceremonies at BataanThe Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor 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. There are 2 Routes: The GREEN (full) route is the full 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March. Those marching the 26.2 miles will be able to experience, in part, what Soldiers endured during their long forced trek through the Philippines. The BLUE (honorary) route is 14.2 miles in length. This shorter march is designed for participants who would like to memorialize Bataan but do not wish to march the full 26.2-mile route. There are NO awards given for this shorter march. The Civil Air Patrol Spirit Squadron puts forward a team for the Full Green route every year and some members choose to do the shorter 1/2 marathon route as individuals. Weeks of training by the cadets and senior members results in an incredible accomplishment of honoring veterans and completing a marathon. For more information about the march, see: