Here are some statistics about the Death March.
There is no agreed official length of the Death March. While the route has been more or less officially determined, various methods of measuring the distance have produced differing values. Also, there are things like visits to the Altar of Freedom or Parker Mesa that can skew the results.
Total Marchers Over the Years:
Day of the March:
While the lowest historical high temperature shows as 81°F for 1999, 2011, and 2016, a Strava data point on the 2016 March recorded a temperature of 68°F! Brrrrr.
[displayname name=”Thomas Gray”] performed the fastest March in 2013 with a time of about 4 hours, 17 minutes, including lunch.
[displayname name=”Hasen Ahmad”], [displayname name=”Gil Fischel”], and [displayname name=”Justin Nadigoo”] hold the record of being the slowest Marchers to finish the March in 2010. [displayname name=”Hasen Ahmad”]’s FiveFingers caused him to travel very slowly. [displayname name=”Gil Fischel”] and [displayname name=”Justin Nadigoo”] fashioned makeshift sandals to strap to his FiveFingers. In the end, they finished in about 12 hours.
[displayname name=”Jesse William Fuller”]’s 4 year old son attempted the March in 2013. He made it to Trippet Ranch (albeit he was carried up some of the hills…).
The youngest person to ever finish the hike was [displayname name=”Sean Roman Shelton”] in 2009 at age 13. This record was broken when Joe finished the hike in 2018 at age 9.
Shortest Failed March:
One person quit after the first hill in 2012.
2012 was likely the single biggest group to at least start the march together.
2001, 2004, and 2019 all only had 5 people.
While 2001 didn’t have anyone person finish, 2019 has the lowest non-zero number of people to touch the ocean at 2.