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Norwegian Road March now known as Norwegian Foot March: Cadets, soldiers, and civilians invited to participate

Norwegian Road March now known as Norwegian Foot March: Cadets, soldiers, and civilians invited to participate

10/3/2012 | University Communications

Individuals looking for an intense physical challenge can register to participate in the 11th Annual Norwegian Foot March, an 18.6-mile foot march that will take place on Saturday, October 27. Previously known as the Norwegian Road March, the foot march will begin and end at the University of Southern Indiana and will require participants to march on a trail that covers a variety of terrain while dressed in military attire and carrying a 25-pound rucksack and frame.

Cadets and soldiers who complete the foot march in an allotted amount of time will be awarded a certificate and the bronze badge for finishing, a silver badge for finishing four marches, and a gold badge for completing eight marches. Participants may register individually or as part of a four-member team.

Sponsored by Dr. Nils Johansen, retired Norwegian Artillery Reserve Officer and USI University Division advisor, the Norwegian Foot March is a boot camp tradition for Norwegian soldiers.

“When the USI ROTC program began in 2001, I knew I wanted to help bring something special to the program," said Johansen, who holds a Norwegian Foot March badge in gold. "The Norwegian Foot March is a great challenge for cadets and is a typical boot camp activity for Norwegian soldiers."

Civilians who wish to participate must provide their own uniform, rucksack, frame, and boot-style foot wear. Tennis shoes are not allowed. Those who complete the march within the set guidelines in the civilian category will receive a Norwegian Foot March certificate.

The Norwegian Foot March is expected to attract civilians and approximately 150 cadets from the Wabash Battalion, Eagle Detachment Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program and the surrounding area.

Standards and additional event details are available online.

Registration for the Norwegian Foot March is $25 of which a portion will benefit the USI ROTC program. A registration form can be completed online through Friday, October 12 at /roadmarch.

For more information, contact Major Chris Dalrymple, commanding officer and assistant professor of military science for USI ROTC, at 812/461-5304 or

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