Over 500 expected to participate in 18-mile Norwegian Foot March | Events
Cadets, soldiers, and civilians are invited to participate in USI’s 12th Annual Norwegian Foot March at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 2. University officials say this year's event will be record-breaking.
More than 530 participants from 30 states are registered for the event, making this year’s march the largest ever. Last year, the event attracted over 160 participants from five states.
With a start and end point at USI, the 18.6-mile foot march 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.
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."
ROTC cadets from Ball State University, Central Michigan University, IUPUI, Indiana University, Rose-Hulman, and USI, will participate in the foot march. In addition, soldiers from the United States Army, including those stationed at Fort Benning, Fort Knox, Fort Campbell, Fort George G. Meade, Fort Leonard Wood, West Point, Fort Sill, and Camp Atterbury, will also be participating. States represented will include Alaska, California, North Carolina, New York, Texas, and more. Ages of participants range from 17 to 51 and include both males and females. It is anticipated that the time record in the male category of 2:30:00 will be broken.
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.
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.
More than 200 individuals are expected to participate in the event.
Standards and additional event details are available online.
Registration for the Norwegian Foot March is $30 of which a portion will benefit the USI ROTC program.
For more information, contact Major Chris Dalrymple, commanding officer and assistant professor of military science for USI ROTC, at 812/461-5304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.