Last July, under the National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge National Historical Park, the folks at Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board (VFTCB) presented a record-breaking donation of $54,000 raised from April’s Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run to the national park.
With the 13th Annual Rev Run on April 22 drawing ever closer, the county’s event-sponsoring tourism agency is aiming to outrun that amount in more ways than one, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.
Cash prizes are awarded to the top three overall male and female winners, with custom medals being awarded to the top three finishers in each age bracket. Funds raised are part of various infrastructure improvement projects and programming to enhance visitor experience at the park.
Park Superintendent Steve Sims had elaborated on the many “high-priority projects” that would be made possible by last year’s $54,000 donation, including future maintenance needs of Sullivan’s Bridge, the new pedestrian span over the Schuylkill River; design and construction of a public trail head and improvements as part of a new meadow trail and management plan; expansion of the outdoor garden with several varieties of perennials in front of the visitor center entrance, and design of new park information and orientation kiosk panels between the Visitor Center and parking lot.
An avid runner who joined in the Rev Run for the first time in 2016, Sims said he wasn’t prepared to face such a mighty obstacle so close to the finish line.
“That last hill is a doozy,” he said privately after the check presentation. “You have to save up a little energy over the course of the five miles so you can make it up the last 100 yards of that hill. But during my first Rev Run I developed an emotional connection to Valley Forge National Historical Park. It caused me to reflect on the determination and resolve of the patriot soldiers and what it means to overcome diversity.
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