marsjmerket KS 2014-1920 (foto Bjørnar Dullum)

The Norwegian Foot March (NFM)

The Norwegian Foot March is a military endurance test. The participants march or run a 30 km (18.6-mile) long route, carrying a rucksack of 11 kg (24 lbs).


The march was first held in 1915 as a test of marching endurance for soldiers in the Norwegian Army. A strategic goal was to be able to move larger units of troops over a great distance swiftly and in a manner that enabled them to efficiently be prepared for combat – even after the march by carrying their rucksack /weaponry of 11 kg. The goal today is to stimulate the general interest of marching over extended distances amongst military and civilian personnel.

Test guidelines and requirements

The test is a 30 km (18.64-mile) march (march/run) with a rucksack weighing 11 kg (24.25 lbs). The rucksack must weigh at least 11 kg at both start and finish line.

Rucksack of approved military model must be used. Weapons can be included as weight in the package, but there is no longer a requirement to carry a rifle. Civilian participants may use a different type of backpack.

Track requirements

The route should be laid on a good path or dirt road. Distance markers are required at least every 5 km. The route should be a single route from A to B, but if not possible, it can consist of several rounds of a shorter track. The route should not be more than three rounds. The start and finish should be at the same height above sea level.

There must be a minimum of three hydration/food stations along the route. Checkpoints and first aid stations shall be deployed if deemed necessary.

Control of outfit and weighing of backpack is done prior to and after the march to ensure the correct weight and requirements have been maintained.

Assistance from non-participants is prohibited, except for timing, weighing, on hydration/food stations, and first aid.

The test must be cancelled if outdoor temperatures (in the shade) exceed 25 °C (77 °F), falls below –15 °C (5 °F) or under other extreme weather conditions.

Any unit or department that wishes to conduct the Norwegian Foot March, may apply for exemptions from the regulations and requirements. Any exemptions must be approved by the Norwegian Defence University College.

Time requirements

Age            Female Time requirements

18–20:        5:25 
20–34:        5:15
35–42:        5:25
43–49:        5:30
50–54:        5:40
55–59:        5:50
60–:            6:00

Age            Male Time requirements

18–20:        4:35
20–34:        4:30
35–42:        4:35
43–49:        4:40
50–54:        4:50
55–59:        5:00
60–:            5:15