History of the Norwegian Foot March
The Norwegian Foot March was first held in 1915 as a test of strength and endurance for members of the Norwegian military and to expose new soldiers to the conditions they could expect in the field. Those who completed a 30km distance with a backpack load of 11kg within 4.5 hours earned the Marsjmerket, the Norwegian Armed Forces Marching Badge. On the day after the event, the soldiers should be able to participate in regular duties fully. Over the last several years, the event has become popular among U.S. military units that use the march as an opportunity to support charitable causes.
The University of Minnesota Gopher Battalion will use this opportunity to collect non-perishable food items to donate to local charities. Please consider using canned goods, bagged rice, or other non-perishables as the weight in your rucksack to contribute after you cross the finish line.