Norwich Group Hosts Winter Obstacle Race to Raise Scholarship Funds

Daphne Larkin | Office of Communications

February 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt.–Norwich University’s Golden Anchor Society student group and Naval ROTC Battalion will host the 3rd Annual Brian R. Bill Memorial Challenge (BBMC), a winter military-style obstacle course race on campus, and Paine Mountain, Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the Brian R. Bill Memorial Scholarship that benefits the sons and daughters of U.S. Navy SEALs and those who have served in U.S. Special Forces.

Open to all, the race covers five miles, 2,000 feet of elevation, and more than 20 obstacles with names such as “Trident Pass,” “Ol’ Misery” and the “Frogman’s Fly.” Cargo nets, paint ball marksmanship and rope slides abound. Snowshoes are optional.

The challenge honors the life and sacrifice of Brian Bill, a Norwich alumnus and U. S. Navy SEAL whose Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in 2011, taking the lives of 38 people aboard.

Bill was a 2001 alumnus of Norwich. After graduating with a BS in electrical engineering, he enlisted in the United States Navy, ultimately rising to the rank of Special Operations Chief (SOC) Petty Officer (SEAL).

The Golden Anchor Society is a Norwich University student club dedicated to preserving and passing on Navy traditions. The group works in conjunction with the Norwich Naval Battalion and NROTC advisor to plan, construct and manage the course each spring.

Participants must be 18 years or older. Register here until Friday, Feb. 21. Participants can register as individuals for $50 and teams for $45. Event details are also available on Facebook.

Each participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt and custom memorial dog tag. There will be trophies for the top three finishers in each category, along with additional items for sale, as well as on-site sponsors.

The Brian R. Bill Memorial Challenge 2015 is sponsored by USAA, Fusion, LLC, and

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