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Nearly 700 cadets participated in Purdue Army ROTC's Norwegian Foot March

The race started and ended at Otterbein United Methodist Church. Norwegian Foot March is a 30 Kilometer, 18.2-mile endurance event.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 7:53 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2019 11:42 PM

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — College cadets from across the U.S. trained like soldiers. Purdue Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps hosted its 4th annual Norwegian Foot March.

Norwegian Foot March is a 30 Kilometer, 18.6-mile endurance event. Nearly 700 participants took on this year's trail.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Genter, a professor of Military Science at Purdue’s ROTC Program said the goal for cadets was to finish the race within 4.5 hours. All while carrying at least 25 extra pounds in their rucksack.

“Some of the cadets or participants have put in non-perishable food items cause we're not only running this event for pride and as a physical challenge but we're also having a food drive as well,” said Lt. Colonel Genter.

Food items included boxed and canned goods, rice and even bags of dog food. This is to symbolize the pounds of gear they would carry on a real mission. All the food will be donated to Food Finders Food Bank.

“We hope that instills the importance of community service,” said Lt. Colonel Genter.

Service is what the Army is all about. That's what Lt. Colonel Genter hopes the cadets take away.

“When they talk about why they joined the Army, it's all about service, giving back, making a difference and being part of a team that does make a difference,” said Lt. Colonel Genter.

The event was held at Otterbein United Methodist Church. This year brought out 350 more people than last year's march.

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