History

The Death March, as it is today, has its roots in a multitude of events that followed roughly the same path.

There were various hikes through the area undertaken by organizations to which one of the original members belonged. These traveled on roughly the same route, but also included a grueling variation called the “Wirebreak.” There were also numerous bike trips undertaken in 1998. These bike trips usually went over the Hub, to PCH, and back up Topanga Canyon on route 27. There was also a failed “Backpacking Trip” which followed about the same path as the failed Death March. All of these prove that no one can claim total responsibility for starting the March… except those few who did it in 1999

The Death March’s evolution can be roughly divided into 3 eras:
1. The Early Years: 1999-2004
These were the years before there were Officers and Bylaws.
2. The Legislative Era: 2005-2010
These were the growing years when many of the rules were defined.
3. The Boom Years: 2011-2014
The boom years were defined by themes, digital record keeping, seasonal marches, achievements, and lots of marchers.
4. Recent Marches: 2015-Present
The Current Era is one of a return to our roots to try and answer the question “what is the Death March really?”

(See Also: Seasonal Marches, The Absentee March, and the Death March Summit)

Year Men Women Absentees Total Ride Corps High °F Theme
1999 8 0 0 8 82
2000 6 0 0 6 82
2001 5 0 0 5 96
2002 6 0 0 6 84
2003 6 3 1 10 95
2004 4 1 0 5 89
2005 2 5 1 8 95
2006 11 0 0 11 4 84
2007 12 1 0 13 5 88
2008 12 2 1 15 5 91
2009 21 5 0 27 6 82 Greek
2010 20 6 2 28 15 97 Rainbows
2011 38 19 2 59 29 81 Post-Apocalypse
2012 39 20 0 59 30 97 ABC (Anything But Clothes)
2013 35 9 2 44 23 97 Superheroes
2014 27 6 0 33 18 98 Papal History
2015 17 2 2 21 9 107 Epic Space Fantasy

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