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    Valley Forge

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Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-mile Run Set for April 22

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News Release Date: March 1, 2012
Contact: John Golden, 610.834.7990

Nominations also sought for "Spirit of Valley Forge - Triumph over Adversity" award
 
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.─ The seventh Annual Revolutionary 5-mile Run, produced and sponsored by the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau (VFCVB), will be held at Valley Forge National Historical Park on Sunday, April 22.
 
The run, which drew a record 1,625 registrants last year, benefits recreation preservation initiatives at Valley Forge National Historical Park and kicks off National Park Week. In its six-year history, runner registration fees and corporate sponsorships have contributed more than $119,000 for the cause.
 
"We expect another tremendous turn-out this year, affording our runners and our organization the opportunity to again deliver significantly toward maintaining the Park's appeal as a local recreational gem, while providing visitors meaningful appreciation of its history and natural beauty." said VFCVB president Paul Decker.
 
The event comprises a 5-mile run stepping off at 8:30 a.m., a 3-mile walk beginning at 8:35 a.m., a Young Patriots 1.776-kilometer Fun Run at 8:45 a.m., and a post-run expo promoting fitness and healthy living.
 
Nominations are also being sought for the event's "Spirit of Valley Forge - Triumph over Adversity" award, which recognizes a race participant for whom the event represents personal triumph over a significant challenge, just as did the soldiers who struggled through and survived the Continental Army's Valley Forge winter encampment of 1777-78. The guidelines for nominations and registration information are available at www.revolutionaryrun.org. Nominations must be received by April 2, 2012.

To register for the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-mile Run, please visit www.revolutionaryrun.org. To learn more about attractions, events and affordable overnight accommodations in the Valley Forge area, visit www.valleyforge.org.

The Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ltd. is a nonprofit, membership-based sales and marketing organization that aggressively promotes the Valley Forge area and Montgomery County as a convention site and leisure visitor destination by encouraging patronage of its 500-plus member hotels, restaurants, attractions and services. The Bureau's website, at www.valleyforge.org, serves visitors, meeting planners, tour operators and residents.

About Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park educates present and future generations of Americans about one of the most defining events in our nation's history by preserving the natural and cultural resources that commemorate the encampment of the Continental Army at Valley Forge in 1777-78. To learn more visit www.nps.gov/vafo

Did You Know?

soldiers marching

Precision marching was the key to victory on the 18th century battlefield. Inspector General Baron von Steuben made marching the central element of his training program at Valley Forge. By May the army was able to stay in formation while advancing and retreating over all types of ground.