Norwich to Host 5K Fun Run/Walk to Mark JROTC Anniversary

National race organizers hope to enlist over 350,000 runners around the world and set a new Guinness World Record
Norwich University Office of Communications

March 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – To help celebrate the 99th anniversary of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC (JROTC), Norwich University will host a 5K fun run on Saturday, April 25. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. at Shapiro Field House for the race’s 12 p.m. start time.

The race is part of a global effort by JROTC to break the Guinness World Record for the “most participants in a 5K run at multiple locations” to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

The passage of the National Defense Act In 1916 established the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC in the United States. Norwich University is considered the home of ROTC and its founder, Captain Alden Partridge, the father of ROTC.

JROTC is a military-structured high school program designed to educate high school students in leadership roles while cultivating an appreciation of the benefits of active citizenship. The JROTC curriculum emphasizes academics, citizenship, character development, leadership development, physical fitness and community service.

Registration for the fun run is free and open here. Pre-registration is required.

Check-in begins on Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Shapiro Field House with the run beginning promptly at noon.

For additional information and a video on this historic event please visit

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Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
802-485-2886 or 595-3613(m)

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