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Herein lie the bylaws of the Death March. [2014]


We the members of the Death March to the Sea, in order to punish our bodies, but also to strengthen and test our friendships, do ordain and establish a yearly trek held in the hottest days of summer from Reseda Boulevard to the Pacific Ocean. [2014]


The bylaws are the official rules of the Death March. [2014]

Any change to the bylaws must be voted upon and approved radified with high fives or rapturous tapping upon a table in a room that has beer taps by a triumvirate of Officers. [2014] Anytime a triumvirate of officers meet in person, they must pass, amend, fix, modify, or semantically adjust a bylaw.

Bylaws are given a timestamp when radified and expire after 3 years at the Banquet. Bylaw renewal is done of a paragraph by paragraph basis and renewal date is judged by the most recent modification. [2016] All current bylaws will be given a timestamp of August 20th, 2011. [8-20-2011]

Silver Clause

On the 25th anniversary of the March, all previously expired or repealed bylaws shall be in force for one (1) year. [2015]


The Death March will be held yearly until someone actually dies on the March. [2014]

Each Death March begins with a speech from the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, and ends when everyone touches the ocean at sunset. [2014]

An official Death March Year is from Opening Ceremonies to Opening Ceremonies. [2017]*


The March must be held in the summer. [2014] The Death March shall never occur in another season. [8-20-2011]

The Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, is responsible for coordinating with others to plan a date. This date must be agreed upon by a triumvirate of Officers. [2014]

If by midnight, August 21st, the Summer Solstice, the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, has not solidified a date for the Death March, he has 24 hours to schedule and inform the public without a triumvirate. After that time, the next ranking member of the March has 24 hours to schedule and inform the public of the date as acting Grand Marshal, praise be unto him. Acting Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, has all the rights and responsibilities of the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, until the next rank calculation. If this member does not plan and inform within 24 hours, they lose this opportunity. This process continues every 24 hours with the next ranking member as acting Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, until the Autumnal Equinox, at which the line of succession is broken and these bylaws will cease to be in force. [2014] A new charter must be drawn after that. [8-20-2011]

Once the date of the Death March has been determined, tThe current winning team must choose a theme within one month of the Death March. Failure to do so will result in the privilege of choosing the theme passing to the team of the Premiere. The Premiere’s team then has one month to pick a theme. Failure to do so will result in the privilege passing to the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him. [2014] If the Death March occurs before any of these deadlines, the day before the Death March shall become the deadline. [8-20-2011]

The First to the Sea Challenge only begins once the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, announces it at Eagle Rock. [2014]


Rank is determined by number of rank points a person holds. [2014] Points are calculated at the Banquet. [2014]

Completed Official Marches

Three (3) rank points are earned for any completed Death March. [2014]

Incomplete Marches

Individuals who start but do not complete a March for any reason will only receive one (1) rank point. [2014]

Missed Marches

One is removed from the ranking members list and does not earn any points for the year if they miss a march. [2014]


Any ties in rank points can then be further determined by the following criteria: [8-20-2011]

1)        Anyone who is late to a March immediately loses any ties for the year [8-20-2011]

2)        Anyone with more Total Complete Official Marches wins any further ties [8-20-2011]

3)        More Recent Consecutive Complete Official Marches are used to break any further ties [8-20-2011]

4)        If any ties remain, rock-paper-scissors is used to determine appropriate ranking [8-20-2011]

For any ties in rank points, overall rank shall be determined by rock-paper-scissors. [2014]

Catch-up Marches

If someone arrives late to the March, but catches-up with any of the initial marching members before the last one touches the Ocean, this person is fully eligible to finish the march as if they had begun it with the rest of the members. [2014] They are, however, still subject to losing ties due to being late. [8-20-2011]


Anyone who helps shuttle people between the Palisades and Reseda is entitled to one (1) extra rank point for their dedication to the cause. [2014]

Seasonal Marches

In an effort to keep interest in the Death March up and to recruit new members, marches shall be held every season. As the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, is generally in charge of Summer’s Death March, each full Officer must organize a March for each other season. Which officer is in charge of which season shall be determined by the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, at the end of the Banquet. [2014]

This seasonal march must be held in the assigned season and must be at least six and one half (6.5) miles in length. All seasonal marches will count as absentee marches, regardless of length. A seasonal march is only considered official if two or more people attend. The Officer in Charge is the last word for everything involved with this seasonal march. The Officer in Charge is given one (1) extra rank point for every five (5) marchers who complete this particular seasonal march to distribute as they please. The Officer in Charge gains one (1) extra rank point as long as at least one person shows up and there is photographic evidence. [2016]

Any season that goes by without an official seasonal march will cause the Officer in charge of said season to loses both one (1) rank point and eligibility to hold Office the next year. [2014]

Absentee Marches

Absentee Marches are marches undertaken to make up for not being able to attend the most recent official Death March. They must be at least as long as the Death March in miles and must occur during the summer. Absentee Marches are based on trust, but must be approved by the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him. Approved Absentee Marches are worth two (2) rank points, restore one to the list of ranking members, and confer any titles earned for Punishments undertaken on the Absentee March. Anyone who attends an Absentee March for support cannot be stripped of titles for not performing punishments earned on an official March, but it is considered bad form to do so. [2014]

Members who earned rank points on the Official March for the year cannot earn any more points for merely attending an absentee march. You may only earn points from an Absentee March if you haven't already earned points from any participation on the previous any march that year, except for members who failed to complete the Official March who may go on an Absentee March that year to receive two (2) points for marching. [2016]

One who has never been on a Death March can attend as an observer, however this March does not confer any points or ranks. [8-20-2011 Expired]

Point Decay

Rank points decay exponentially at a rate of -0.25. Decay calculations are calculated by year, so the date during the year at which one does a Death March or Absentee March does not enter into the calculation. [2014]


Officers are the leaders of the Death March. No one person can hold more than one officership, with the exception of Vanguard. One may decline any officership. Marshal positions are then passed on to the next eligible ranking member until the next point evaluation. If the Captain of the largest team declines the Premiere position, that team must elect another team member to be the Premiere. Once declined, a position may not be regained until the next March. [2014]

Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the Death March, praise be unto him, is the leader of the Death March. The Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, has the final say into all matters March related that are not outlined in the bylaws. The Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, is also responsible for clarifying the Bylaws. However, the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, cannot change existing Bylaws or create new Bylaws without due process. [2014]

This title is given to whoever may have the highest rank. [2014]

If no one completes the Death March, the Chancellor of Timekeeping becomes the Grand Marshal for the next year. [2015]

Lieutenant Marshal

Lieutenant Marshal is responsible for all the mundane details like recording the bylaws, inviting people, and securing transportation. [2014]

This title is given to whoever may have the second highest rank. [2014]

Vice Lieutenant Marshal

The Vice Lieutenant Marshal is the manager of the Punishments. They are responsible for the planning and implementation of Punishments. [2014]

This title is given to whoever may have the third highest rank. [2014]


The Premiere is the leader of the largest team to finish the Death March. If more than one team is tied for most amount of people, the leaders of those teams will agree to a competitive game and the winner of said game will become the Premiere. [2014]

The Premiere has full voting and nominating privileges. [2014]


Chancellors are the leaders of the various support corps of the Death March. A Chancellor can be nominated by any Officer, including another Chancellor. Upon confirmation by a triumvirate of Officers, the Chancellor gains a title such as “Chancellor of Transportation” or “Chancellor of Banquets.” They will hold this office until they resign, miss a march, or are stripped of their title by a triumvirate of Officers. [2014]

Chancellors are not considered full Officers for voting purposes, however a majority vote of two (2) or more present current Chancellors can equal the vote of one Officer. [2015]

Champion of the Sea

Champion of the Sea is the first man and woman to travel only by foot and touch the ocean after the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, has given the starting signal at Eagle Rock. Upon touching the ocean, they are immediately made a Chancellor with voting and nominating rights as such. Champion of the Sea earns one (1) extra rank point for the year. [2014]

In honor of the Papal History theme, the official title of the Champion of the Sea shall be “Bishop of Malibu, Vicar of Poseidon, Successor of the Champions of the Sea, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal March, Primate of Los Liones, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Los Angeles Province, Sovereign of the Californian State, Servant of the servants of the Sea” for 2014 only. [2014]


Vanguard of the Death March is given to the one who has the most seminal involvement in the formation of the Death March. [8-20-2011]

This title is ceremonial and does not confer voting or nominating privileges. [8-20-2011]


The Marcher Support Team (MaST) is a group of non-marching members who provide some sort of material support to the March (driving, setting up the banquet, creating schwag, timekeeping, etc.) In return for their service, they earn one (1) rank point. They are allowed to hold Officerships and Rank. All members of the MaST must be nominated and then approved by a triumvirate to earn this one (1) point every year. [2015]


The Cavalry are a group of non-marching members who travel along the trail on the day of the March on a vehicle powered by a live organism powered vehicles and perform various support duties such as trail marking, supply delivery, first aid, and morale boosting. In return for their service, they earn one (1) rank point for their service. They are allowed to hold Officerships and Rank. They may participate in Punishments, but may not earn any Achievements nor participate in the Race. They may also be Team Captains/Rangers if they are sufficiently qualified. [2016]


In order to increase group spirit in an ever growing event, teams are a group of Marchers who share a common goal of finishing the Death March together. [2014]

Team Formation

Anyone who can provide transportation at the end of a March from the Palisades back to the start is eligible to be a team captain. Each team member must swear or affirm loyalty to the team in a manner decided by the team captain. [2014]

Team Size

A team may only be as big as the transportation the captain can provide. If more than one team captain driver wants to form a common team, they must choose amongst themselves who will be the captain. Anyone who drives but does not become a captain will be known as a ranger. A team must consist of 2 or more people. [2014]

Team Flair

All teams may choose a name, team colors, motto, and a mascot. [2015]

Team Completion

A team completes the March when the last member of the team touches the ocean. The first complete team to finish the March will be responsible for assigning a theme and/or subtitle to the next year's March. A team will only be recognized for the year if no members are left stranded at any point. [2014] all the team members make it back from the ocean with the team captain or team rangers. [8-20-2011]

Lack of a Team

Any one who voluntarily Marches without team affiliation takes full personal responsibility for getting back from the ocean on their own. [2014]

The Punishments

Punishments are things one does to make the Death March more deadly. By participating in a punishment, you are conferred a title. The titles and specifics are listed below. It should be noted that no one has to participate in the punishments, but they will not receive the corresponding title. Unless specifically noted below, one can be stripped of their title if one fails to (1) properly participate in the punishment before touching the ocean, or (2) attend the most recent march at all. [2014]

Personal Punishments

Members may elect to take on personal punishments to show their devotion to the cause. They may also create one title of reasonable length to show that they performed this punishment. [2014]

At the end of each March, the Officers may approve up to two personal punishments carried out and make them Supplemental Official Punishments, giving them equal status to already existing punishments. Those who participated in the personal punishment will be bestowed with a title decided upon by the remaining members. The title of the punishment will then be put up for debate. If a triumvirate of Officers is unable to agree upon a title, the title originally used when a personal punishment will remain. [2014]

Creativity is encouraged in personal punishment title choice, but no word used in an official officer’s title may be used in such title. [2014]

Alcohol Consumption Punishment

The Protectorship of a country is the title received by consuming alcohol at some point on the march. A member of a team may alternately choose a municipality of their team captain’s country. A country municipality may only be protected by one marcher. If one loses this title, the now unprotected country municipality may then be assumed by another attendee. If two people choose the same unprotected municipality country in the same year, it goes to the person who has the most rank points.  [2014]

Tommy's Chili Punishment

Honorifics such as Sir, Doctor, Captain, Sama, Lady, and Master, among others, are applied based on the consumption of a chili-topped food product from Tommy's. [2014]  Anyone who achieves this title and then misses a march is demoted to a Lord/Lady-in-waiting. [8-20-2011] If two consecutive marches are missed, this title will be stripped completely. [8-20-2011]

Squire (or other appropriate diminutive title) is applied to people who are deemed to have not fully earned their honorific. [8-20-2011] This can be due to not consuming enough chili-topped food product. [8-20-2011]

Creativity is encouraged in honorific choice, but no word used in an official officer’s title may be used as an honorific. [2014]

Labours Punishment

At the beginning of the March, all participants must draw five (5) cards from an unmodified deck of standard playing cards held by the Vice Lieutenant Marshal (or other appropriate proxy such as the Chancellor of Punishments). The values of these cards must be recorded in the order they are drawn. Face cards count for ten (10), and aces count for one (1) or eleven (11), depending on participant preference stated when cards are first drawn. One must choose aces as eleven (11) to be considered for Overlord Status (see below). Cards are returned to the deck after being drawn and recorded. The total value of these cards is used to determine how many Labours (repetitions of a given exercise) must be Endured (i.e. performed) under the following circumstances.


Credit for Enduring Labours is handled through the 3S (Stars and Status System). For each card value that is satisfied through Labours, a participant earns one (1) star. Earning those stars through various conditions will earn the participant a Status, such as Redeemer, Saint, or Overlord.

Stop Types

There are four types of stops:

1)        A Scheduled Stop is an officially sanctioned (by the Grand Marshal) rest stop for the March, such as Musch Camp or Eagle Rock. Typically such stops take place at easily identifiable locations, and have specific, dedicated purposes other than simply resting, such as regrouping, settling Punishment accounts, refilling water, and having lunch.  A Scheduled Stop can be sanctioned by the Grand Marshal, or by Triumvirate approval. Scheduled Stops for the year will be announced at Opening Ceremonies.

2)        An Unscheduled Stop is an unsanctioned stop for the purposes of resting.

3)        A Mercy Stop is a stop made by one participant to accompany one or more participants who are themselves making an Unscheduled Stop, or to wait for one or more participants who are lagging behind.

4)        A Spiritual, Commemorative, or Honour Stop is a stop made by a large group of participants who are stopping together for the purposes of basking in some sort of Wonder. This kind of stop is treated as a Scheduled stop for all punishment purposes.

At every stop, all participants involved must Maintain (see below) in order to not lose Stars and Status.


Labours are repetitions of a given exercise, such as push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, etc., that are to be Endured at all stops. Any kind of Labour may be chosen at any given stop, but only that single type may be Endured at the stop. For instance, one may not do a combination of jumping jacks and push-ups at a single stop – just one or the other.


The action of Maintaining refers to the retaining of Stars and Status. On all stops, one must Endure at least their first card's value of Labours in order to not lose one's Stars and Status.


Credit for Labours is expressed through Stars is earned based on how many card values are satisfied by the number of repetitions of the Labour, taken in the order of the cards drawn. For instance, Ace draws a seven (7), nine (9), five (5), Jack (10), and King (10). In order to earn Five Stars, he must Endure 7 + 9 + 5 + 10 + 10 = 41 Labours. If he only Endures sixteen (16) Labours, he only earns two (2) Stars. Partial stars do not count, so enduring 20 Labours will still only earn two (2) Stars. Maintaining would be equivalent to enduring the first card, or 7 Labours.

Increasing Star Level

In order to increase one's level of Stars to get closer or equal to their current maximum, a participant needs to Endure Labours from scratch at a Scheduled Stop to satisfy the amount of Stars necessary. For instance, using Ace's example cards above, say he only Endured sixteen (16) Labours and thus earned two (2) Stars out of his maximum of five (5). In order to increase to three (3) Stars, he would have to Endure twenty-one (21) Labours at once.

Increasing Maximum Star Level

Any participant may attempt to increase their maximum level of Stars by Enduring Labours equal to all of their current cards. Note that this must be done in the presence of the Vice Lieutenant Marshal. Once they Endure these Labours, they are allowed to draw up to five (5) more cards additional cards from the deck. At that point, the participant must Endure Labours equal to all of those extra cards immediately or they will lose all Stars and Status. If all the Labours are Endured, the participant's Stars and maximum level of Stars is increased by the number of extra cards that were drawn. Note that this new maximum is what must be met from that point on if the participant wishes to further increase their maximum level of Stars. A participant may only ask for a maximum of five (5) extra cards once per stop. Additionally, if one requests this of the Vice Lieutenant Marshal (or appropriate proxy) at any point other than a Scheduled Stop, it still counts as an Unscheduled Stop for the requester. This stop also counts as a Mercy stop for the Vice Lieutenant Marshal (or appropriate proxy) with automatic Maintaining requiring no Labours to be Endured other than supervising the attempt.


Statuses accompany Stars earned. If at any kind of Stop a participant does not Maintain, they lose their Stars and Status.

The Status of Redeemer may be attained by enduring Labours from scratch such that they earn at least one (1) Star and Maintain throughout the rest of the March, either:

1)        At an Unscheduled Stop

2)        After losing Stars and Status

The Status of Saint may be attained by two different ways:

1)        A participant must Endure or Maintain during a Mercy Stop

2)        A participant must Endure or Maintain at every Scheduled Stop throughout the March

In either case, a failure to Maintain at any stop will cause the loss of the Saint Status. Also, any Saint who makes an Unscheduled Stop will lose the Saint Status, whether they Maintain or not. Upon such a loss, the Saint Status may not be earned again for the current year's March (Redeemer Status can be earned, however).

The Status of Overlord may be attained when both of the following conditions are met:

1)        During a Scheduled Stop, the participant Endures Labours equal to all of his or her current cards

2)        At least one cards in his or her queue is an ace

3)        All aces present in their cards are valued at eleven (11)

The Status of Overlord overrides the Status of Saint once attained, and like the Status of Saint, requires the participant to Maintain and not make Unscheduled Stops in order to keep the Status. Upon loss of the Status of Overlord, it may not be earned again for the current year's March (Redeemer Status can be earned. Saint Status may still be earned if not yet disqualified by making any Unscheduled Stops and not Maintaining, however).

Flagbearing Punishment

Anyone who brings a large flag approved by the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, and carries it for the duration of the March shall earn the Flagbearer, Bannerman, Bannerwoman, or Bannerperson title. [2014]

Vegetarianism Punishment

Anyone who consumes vegetarian chili in lieu of the Tommy's Chili Punishment and does not eat meat for the entirety of the March shall earn membership into the Fraternity or Sorority of an animal of their choice.  This animal must be an animal that is normally bred for human consumption. [8-20-2011-Expired] The word used in the title for that animal should be a noble word rather than a common word. For example, rather than "pig" one could use "boar" or "Sus Scrofa." [2014]

Noisemaking Punishment

Anyone who brings a noise maker approved by the Grand Marshal, praise be unto him, and uses it often for the duration of the March shall earn the Troubadour, Bard, or Herald title.[2014]

Marching in Drag Punishment

Any man who dresses in clothing traditionally worn by women, or any woman who dresses in clothing traditionally worn by men and sports facial hair, for the duration of the March shall earn a title with the word drag in it. [2014]

Marching in Long Sleeves and Pants Punishment

Anyone who dresses in long sleeves and pants and does not roll them up for the duration of the March shall earn the title Longfellow. [2014]

Rear Guard

Rear Guard is an elite team of folks who know the path and have vowed verbally prior to the start of the March to stay in the back of the group. Rear Guard earn the privilege of adding this to their official title. If the Rear Guard misses a turn, leaves anyone behind without prior consent, or otherwise fails in their duties, they shall not earn the title. [2016]

The Achievements

Achievements can be completed for fun. They serve no purpose other than to provide bragging rights for having completed Achievements. An Achievement is a minor feat, defined henceforth in the Bylaws, that is completed by a Marcher during the course of any annual main-event Death March. [2014]

Achievements are set apart from Punishments in that no title, prize, office, or power are bestowed upon having completed any or all Achievements; they are only made for fun and bragging rights. While Punishments must be completed annually, any given Achievement must only be completed once for any given Marcher to permanently earn credit for it. If a bylaw governing an achievement expires, anyone having already earned that achievement retains the badge of achievement. Every year one earns an Achievement, they gain a level in said Achievement. [2015]

A given Achievement must have been published in the Bylaws by the start of a March for anyone to earn credit for having completed it on that March. [8-20-2011] This is to prevent new Achievements from being developed mid-hike, thus potentially preventing some Marchers from knowing about and thus completing it, and also to prevent Marchers from earning Achievements for having unwittingly completed a task on a previous year that there was no Achievement for at that time. [8-20-2011]

Since there is nothing to be gained from completing Achievements, an unlimited number of them can be published to the Bylaws each year. That being said, note that Achievements, being published into the Bylaws, must be Rad-ified to be valid. [2014]

Bullet points collectively count as a paragraph for all bylaws except achievements. [2015]

Current Achievements
  1. The team must be four (4) or more people
  2. Four (4) of the team members must finish the march together, as in no one may register a finishing time between these four (4) members
  3. All team members must complete the same four (4) punishments
  4. Four (4) members of the team must complete four (4) unique achievements that are new to that member