Through sunshine, rain and more sun, more than 440 service men, women and civilians participated in the 12th annual 30 kilometers (18.6 miles)-Norwegian Road March Nov. 2 at the University of Southern Indiana.
Participants started the march at the Physical Activity Center with a 25-pound rucksack. They went through a variety of terrains while dressed in appropriate military attire.
The event was sponsored by Dr. Nils Johansen, a retired Norwegian Artillery Reserve Officer and USI division advisor who brought the Norwegian boot camp tradition to the USI ROTC program in 2001.
“When the ROTC program started at USI, I wanted to help bring something unique to the program,” Johansen said.
Lt. Col. Garrett Kolo, commander of the 766th Transportation Battalion in South Bend, Ind., participated for the third time this year. Kolo came in 2nd place with a time of 3 hours and 2 minutes.
Even with the cold wind and rain, more than 370 participants completed this year’s march.
“It was great to see the Soldiers working hard to keep going. They all had a lot of determination in their faces,” Kolo said.
Individuals who complete the road march in the allotted time are awarded a certificate and a bronze badge, a silver badge after four marches and a gold badge after eight marches.