Crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to Save National Treasures

Friends of Independence Host Founding Father's Day Fitness Stroll

For Release May 30, 2012
Contact: Maiti Gallen,, 215-861-4971

Philadelphia - Make this Father's Day (June 17) even more special by bringing your father, friends, neighbors and visitors to join a 5K walk to help save our national treasures and get some exercise with one of our nation's Founding Fathers. Participants in the "Founding Father's Day Fitness Stroll: Saving National Treasures Step by Step" on June 17 will walk the span of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge while raising money to help save national treasures like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson will lead participants onto the bridge - while sharing some of his considerable knowledge on the importance of exercise!

WHAT: Founding Father's Day Fitness Stroll, a family-friendly 5K stroll. $15 for Adults, $5-$10 (what does this mean?) for Children (6-14 years of age,) Children 5 and under are free

WHERE: Independence National Historical Park, National Constitution Center front lawn, Independence Mall (525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106) Event will occur rain or shine, unless Benjamin Franklin Bridge is closed due to hazardous conditions

WHEN: Sunday, June 17, Registration 8 am, Walk 9 am -12 pm

The Founding Father's Day Fitness Stroll: Saving National Treasures Step by Step is a great way to get outdoors, get some exercise and help save our national treasures. Philadelphia, home to Independence National Historical Park, boasts two of our nation's greatest treasures: Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The best way to support Independence National Historical Park is to become a Friend of Independence, a non-profit that has supported this national park for almost 40 years.

Following First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, the Friends of Independence is promoting healthy living and challenging their friends, supporters, neighbors and visitors to get healthy with them. The Friends of Independence, with permission from Delaware River Port Authority, will be using the south side walkway of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge -- a round trip of 3.1 miles on a 6 degree incline. Participants are welcome to go the entire length of the bridge or make it a shorter stroll, there are no requirements.

Thomas Jefferson is the featured Founding Father. As an advocate for healthy living, he will be available at the National Constitution Center to discuss his thoughts on exercise and diet as well as lead participants to the bridge.

This is a family-friendly event, all ages are welcomed to attend. Pets are welcomed at the National Constitution Center but they will not be allowed on the bridge due to safety concerns. All participants will receive a free t-shirt for participating and will have an opportunity to have a group shot in front of Independence Hall after the stroll.

The Friends of Independence National Historical Park is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose primary mission is to support Independence National Historical Park. The Friends of Independence is celebrating their fortieth anniversary this year as the fundraising arm of Independence National Historical Park. For almost four decades the Friends of Independence has not only made a difference in our national park but in the surrounding area as well. We are looking forward to celebrating our anniversary with many new programs and events and we are already looking forward to our next forty years of making positive changes. For more information, visit the Friends' website, or follow us at

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