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 2019 event will be held on Saturday, 2 November 2019.

The event is limited to 500 participants in order to ensure our ability to provide a safely executed and quality event for the participants. Registration is conducted a first-come-first-serve basis. All registration is completed here on our website. Registration is scheduled to remain open until 15 October 2019 or until we reach 500 registered participants, whichever comes first.

We continue to work through some unexpected administrative requirements to ensure we are in compliance with US Army policies. Regardless, registration is set to open on Friday, 12 July. A couple clarifications participants should be aware of when registering for this year's event. First, it is the service member's responsibility to request authorization for wear of the foreign award utilizing a DA 4187 (or service equivalent) through your local chain of command. No signed DA 4187 will be provided. Second, our Norwegian military sponsor is pending verification that he continues to be authorized to present the award on behalf of the Norwegian government. Assuming his authority is once again confirmed, we will update our website accordingly. Participants will sign a user acknowledgment as a result of these factors.

Registration will be $45 for the "open" category (i.e. service members and civilians) and $25 for Cadets. Everyone will register as an individual. If you wish to participate as a team of four, that option will be offered at event check-in. Please review the "Rules and Safety" sub page and information pertaining to the team category and the event regulations in general.

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 (812) 461-5304 or .

Norwegian Foot March


NOTICE:  The Norwegian Foot March Badge is listed in Chapter 9, Appendix D of AR 600-8-22 as of 30 March 2018 as approved for wear.  USI ROTC will provide the Certificate, Pin and initiate the DA form 4187 for Service Members. It is the participants responsibility to gain approval from their commander for the authorization for awarding and wearing the NFM pin on their service uniform. 


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

 TOP FEMALE - SPC Eva Perry, 782nd MI BN at Ft. Gordon, GA - 2:58 / 2018

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

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