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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Pack your rucksack: USI's 10th annual Norwegian Road March planned for October 29

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2010 Norwegian Road March
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Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, cadets from the Wabash Battalion, Eagle Detachment Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program and surrounding area will participate in the 10th annual Norwegian Road March. With a start and end point at the University of Southern Indiana, the 18.6-mile road 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.

Initiated by Dr. Nils I. Johansen, retired Norwegian Artillery Reserve Officer and USI University Division advisor, the Norwegian Road March provides cadets with a rare opportunity to obtain a foreign military badge.

"When USI began the ROTC program in 2001, I knew I wanted to help bring something special to the program," Johansen said. "The Norwegian Road March is a boot camp tradition for Norwegian soldiers and would be a great challenge for cadets."

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

Civilians may participate in the road march but must provide their own uniform, rucksack, and frame. Clothing should be similar to a military uniform. No jogging shorts or jogging shoes are allowed. Those who complete the march within the set guidelines will receive a Norwegian Road March certificate.

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Registration, which includes lunch and a T-shirt, is $30 until Friday, October 14 and $35 after. A portion of the registrations will benefit the USI ROTC program.

To register for the road march, contact USI Division of Outreach and Engagement at 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600. Registrations can also be completed online at with course number ROTC186.

For more information, contact Captain Joel Matherly, operations officer and assistant professor of military science for USI ROTC, at 812/461-5302 or

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