This year the Life Guards Regiment celebrates 500 years. In 1521, the Life Guards were organised to protect Sweden´s future king Gustav Vasa. The Life Guards have since protected the king and our capital Stockholm and it is one of the oldest military units in the world. The rise of Vasa as king of Sweden and his Life Guards is also associated with endurance as the key to mobilise in 1521 was a 90 km ski tour that later became known as Vasaloppet.
During the pandemic it is more important than ever to maintain physical fitness. The Swedish Defence Attaché Office would like to invite militaries and civilians in South Africa to a challenge during the week 10 - 16 May 2021.
“Cooperation and collaboration are key values of the Swedish Armed Forces. My team at the Embassy and I look forward to taking up the challenge in order to connect with counterparts in both South Africa and Sweden in this celebration of resilience, strength and togetherness.” Says Ambassador Håkan Juholt
The challenge is to walk, march*, run or ski any of the following distances during the week:
5 km, 10 km, 15 km, 21 km (Half Marathon), 30 km (Swedish Soldier´s Test, including 12 kg rucksack), 2x20 km (IML Walking standard), 42 km (Marathon), 90 km (Vasaloppet distance), 100 km in 24 hrs. (Belgian Death March), 160 km in 4 days (Nijmegen March military distance, including 10 kg rucksack excluding water), 200 km in 4 days (Nijmegen March civilian distance excluding rucksack).
*Marching includes rucksack and minimum 10 kg gear excluding water.
Terms & conditions
We look forward to your participation in the Swedish Army Challenge 2021 in the spirit of the Life Guards’ motto: Possunt nec posse videntur – They do what appears to be impossible.