Foot March attracts nearly 700 participants

Rachel Christian

Nearly 700 cadets and soldiers representing 29 states and the District of Columbia will travel to the university on Saturday to participate in the 13th Annual Norwegian Foot March.

With a start and end point at USI, the 18.6-mile course will require individuals to march on a trail that covers a variety of terrain while dressed in military attire and carrying a 25-pound rucksack and frame.

Participation in this year’s event surpasses last year by 25 percent, making it the largest Norwegian Foot March since the event’s inception.

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