join the University of Minnesota ROTC Gopher BATTALION
in our annual Norwegian Foot March & Trail RUN
Saturday, April 19, 2025
Arden HilLs Army Training Site (AHATS)

4761 Hamline Avenue N, Arden Hills, MN 55112

Presented by GEN Vessey Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)

IT'S MORE THAN A 30K Foot March & Trail Run!

Thank you for attending the 2024 Norwegian Foot March presented by our many sponsors, the Vessey AUSA Chapter, and the University of Minnesota Army ROTC Program. At this time, proper documentation is being drafted and routed through the Minnesota Army National Guard for approval to wear the Norwegian Foot March Badge in service uniform. Be sure to keep an eye on your email, and this website, for updates and posting of those approved documents. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

The Norwegian Foot March and Trail Run (NFM) is an annual event hosted by the University of Minnesota - Golden Gopher Battalion. The NFM represents the military community's signature running and fitness event over the past five years. Again this year, we are infusing the 30K Foot March course with a 30-kilometer Trail Run option open to the public, all Minnesota military families, Junior and Senior ROTC programs, and added music, a business expo, expanded collaboration, and cheers from spectators from the military and the local community. The event's proceeds will benefit the AUSA Troops of Tomorrow initiative and military programs throughout Minnesota.

AUSA Membership

The Vessey Chapter of AUSA is open to all military service members, Army ranks, and all components—including Active, National Guard, and Reserve—and Department of the Army civilians, retirees, corporations, businesses, concerned citizens, and family members. Indeed, AUSA welcomes anyone who subscribes to the philosophy of a strong national defense with particular concern for the Army.

 Note: Please email our VP of membership, MSG Retired Alberto DeJesus, at if you complete a new membership to verify this process.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers make a tremendous impact on the lives of those who serve. Whether you give a few hours a month, set aside time to participate in a social event, or take part in any of the countless other opportunities on a one-time, part-time or regular basis, you can make a real difference in Minnesotan’s Soldiers' and their families' lives. We invite you to explore volunteer opportunities with the Vessey Chapter.

 Please email us at expressing your interest in our volunteer opportunities, and we will respond with information regarding these events.