Norwich to host Marine Corps 10K endurance race fundraiser


September 7, 2016

Norwich University’s Semper Fidelis Society student group is hosting the 2016 Walter N. Levy Challenge, a 10k endurance race and fundraiser to be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

The race is open to the public, and participants (age 18+) can register in a four-person team or individually at  The race features a mentally and physically challenging course with impediments such as a Marine Corps obstacle course, a hill climb, a mud crawl, a simulated ammo resupply mission, a pull-up challenge and a weighted run. The Levy challenge is named in honor of Norwich alum and fallen Vietnam War veteran Walter N. Levy.

Levy attended Norwich University in 1960 and served as a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Infantry Officer. He was killed in action on September 18th, 1965, in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.

Established in 2009, the Levy Challenge is held in his honor with all proceeds donated to the Semper Fi Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping wounded service members and their families.

About the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund:

The Semper Fi Fund ( and America’s Fund ( provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to severely injured and critically ill post-9/11 service members and their families. Founded in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund originally focused on Marines and their families, and has since expanded to provide assistance to all branches of the military through America’s Fund. To date more than 14,400 service members have benefited directly from more than $113 million in grants from the Semper Fi Fund—one of only three veteran charities to receive an A+ rating from Charity Watch and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

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