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Apr 8 2024

The DANCON March: A unifying journey from Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo

Camp Novo Selo,07 April 2024-In the heart of Kosovo, nestled within the serene expanses of the Balkans, the Danish Contingent (DANCON) March stands as a testament to resilience, camaraderie, and the enduring spirit of international cooperation. Starting from Camp Novo Selo, this event not only underscores the Danish military's presence in the region but also fosters a unique bond among NATO troops, local communities, and international participants.

A Legacy of Endurance and Unity

The DANCON March is a tradition with roots stretching back to the early 1970s, conceived as a way to maintain high physical standards and morale within the Danish military. Over the years, it has evolved into a much-anticipated annual event, inviting military participants from around the globe to join in a challenging yet rewarding journey.

The Kosovo Chapter

The march in Kosovo, specifically starting from Camp Novo Selo, symbolizes a chapter of peacekeeping and reconstruction efforts in the Balkans. The region, marred by conflicts in the late 1990s, has since witnessed significant strides towards stability and reconciliation, with NATO-led peacekeeping forces playing a pivotal role. The DANCON March in Kosovo embodies this spirit of international solidarity, marking a path of progress and hope.

The Route and Challenge

Spanning a distance of 23 kilometres, the route is designed to test the endurance and determination of its participants. Winding through the picturesque landscapes surrounding Camp Novo Selo, marchers encounter a variety of terrains, from rolling hills to tranquil flatlands, offering a glimpse into the natural beauty of Kosovo.

Participants, bearing a minimum load of 10 kilograms to simulate military conditions, embark on this journey not only as a test of physical fitness but as a symbol of their commitment to peace, cooperation, and mutual respect among different nations.

A Bridge Between Cultures

Beyond the physical challenge, the DANCON March serves as a cultural bridge, bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to share experiences, stories, and perspectives. It is an opportunity for troops stationed in Kosovo to interact with the local community, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the region's rich cultural heritage.

The Impact

The positive impact of the DANCON March extends beyond the day of the event. It highlights the importance of international peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo and the broader Balkan region. Additionally, it raises awareness about the contributions of military in promoting peace and stability.

Through sweat and solidarity, the participants of the DANCON March from Camp Novo Selo are not just marking miles; they are weaving a tapestry of unity and resilience that stretches across borders and generations. The revenues from donations and sponsorships will be allocated to various projects for schools, nursing homes for the elderly and sports materials for a volley team in the villages around Camp Novo Selo.

In Conclusion

The DANCON March from Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, stands as a powerful symbol of international unity, endurance, and the ongoing commitment to peace and stability in the Balkans. It is a reminder that, even in challenging terrains and circumstances, the spirit of cooperation and shared humanity prevails. As participants lace up their boots and take to the path, they carry with them the hope of a peaceful and united future, one step at a time. Today before the start, The Chief of Staff of the #NATO-led #KFOR mission, Brigadier General John Bozicevic emphasized the importance of this event and thanked the numerous participants.

DANCON 2024 RESULTS (km 23):


1) Georgali Eleni GRE 3.05,10

2) Tereze Rocena LVA 3.08,45

3) Giulia Alagna ITA 3.19,51


1) Luke Pitman UK 2.02,10

2) Armin Decker AUT 2.06,11

3) Giuseppe Iuliano ITA 2.10,32


Story by KFOR Public Affairs Office

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