Norwich University Office of Communications
September 9, 2015
Norwich University’s Semper Fidelis Society student group is hosting the 2015 Walter N. Levy Challenge, a 10k endurance race and fundraiser to be held on Sunday, Oct. 4.
The race is open to the public, and participants (age 18+) can register in a four-person team or individually at Active.com. 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.
Competing in the Levy Challenge three years ago, writer Sarah Tuff Dunn described some of the challenges in a Seven Days article, titled, “When the Levy Breaks You”: “I braced myself for the Da Nang serpentine: a poisonous, snaking course of stutter-step tires, long jumps, water-jug carries, railroad-tie pushes and the like. Thanks to some marine-driven motivation, though, it was manageable — and, as tough as the challenge was, I was repeatedly struck by the kindness of the 45 volunteers.”
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 (semperfifund.org) and America’s Fund (americasfund.org) 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.
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). www.norwich.edu
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