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ROTC Cadet Breaks Female Record at Southern Indiana Norwegian Foot March

November 11, 2013

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Thrill Of Victory: Army ROTC cadet Emily Nordt, a sophomore biomedical engineering student, crosses the finish line at the University of Southern Indiana's Norwegian Foot March with a record breaking time in the female category. (Photo courtesy of University of Southern Indiana ROTC)

   Rose-Hulman sophomore ROTC cadet Emily Nordt earned first place in the female category at the University of Southern Indiana's (USI) 12th annual Norwegian Foot March earlier this month.

     With a start and end point at USI, the 18.6-mile march required participants to march on a trail that covered a variety of terrain while dressed in military attire and carrying a 25-pound rucksack and frame. With a time of three hours and 19 minutes, Nordt set a new record in the female category. The previous record was three hours and 54 minutes.

     The Norwegian Foot March is a boot camp tradition for Norwegian soldiers. "The Norwegian Foot March is a great challenge for cadets and is a typical boot camp activity for Norwegian soldiers," says Nils Johansen, retired Norwegian Artillery Reserve Officer and USI University Division advisor.

     Nordt, 19, is a biomedical engineering student from Wenatchee, Washington.

     Cadets and soldiers who completed the foot march in an allotted amount of time were awarded a certificate and the bronze badge for finishing, a silver badge for finishing four marches, and a gold badge for completing eight marches. The foreign badge is authorized for acceptance and wear on the Army uniform. Nearly 500 cadets and soldiers representing 30 states participated making this year's event--the largest to date.

     ROTC cadets from Ball State University, Central Michigan University, IUPUI, Indiana University, Rose-Hulman, and USI participated in this year's event. In addition, soldiers stationed at eight United States Army bases. Nicholas Fischer, a 29-year-old National Guardsman from Jasper, Indiana, took first place in the foot march with a time of two hours and 55 minutes. In the team category, Raymond Cole-Machuca (17), Matt Eden (19), Joseph Loeb (22), and Said Outlaw (18) from West Point, New York set a new record with a time of three hours and 28 minutes.