University of Southern Indiana
Norwegian Foot March participants

Norwegian Foot March

The Norwegian Foot March is an 18.6 mile foot march while carrying a 25 pound ruck sack. Participants have no more than 4.5 hours to finish. Those who complete the event to standard will earn the Norwegian Foot March pin. The 2020 event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, 7 November 2020.

For 19 years, Army ROTC at the University of Southern Indiana has been a proud host of the Norwegian Foot March in partnership with Dr. Nils Johansen and the military department of Norway.  Due to changes in the operating environment, we are deliberating whether the event can be safely conducted fall 2020.  Considerations include:

1) Revisions being made to AR 600-8-22 making the event no longer an authorized foreign award producing event

2) COVID-19 impacts our ability to host a safe event for all participants due to limited social gathering size

3) Personnel changes making it difficult for us to host a safe and professional event

We will decide whether to host our event no later than 7 September 2020. 

If we conduct an event, registration will open shortly after the decision. Thank you for your support of the Norwegian Foot March.  Thank you for your patience as we make this decision and understand we are making the decision with what's best for our supporters in mind.  Please continue to monitor this webpage for updates to the 2020 Norwegian Foot March at the University of Southern Indiana.

The event is made possible through the support of the University of Southern Indiana, its faculty, the USI Student Veterans Association and the students of Eagle Company of Wabash Battalion Army ROTC.

Point of Contact for the NFM is MAJ Adam Balbach at .

NOTICE:  AR 600-8-22 is under revision. The updated regulation is expected to be published by late summer/fall 2020.  Paragraph 9-26a, stating "only those badges that are awarded in recognition of military activities and by the military department..." is being revised to state " recognition of military activities conducted by the military department..."  As a result, if our event is conducted, it will not be a foreign award producing event. Finisher certificates and pins will be presented, but not authorized for foreign award. 


 TOP MALE - Elijah Durian, Xavier University - 2:30 / 2011

 TOP FEMALE - SPC Eva Perry,782nd MI BN at Ft. Gordon, GA - 2:35:39 (2019 overall winner and new USI Norwegian Foot March Female Record - broke her record from 2018)

 TOP TOP TEAM - USMAPS (Civilian Team), 3:28 / 2013 (Kauffman, Lawson, Olivo, and Wagner)

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