Revolutionary 5-Mile Run Benefiting Valley Forge Park Sets Attendance Record

All proceeds from last weekend's Revolutionary 5-Mile Run are donated to enhance the overall park experience for the millions of tourists who visit annually.

The 12th edition of the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run had 1,500 participants who assembled at Valley Forge National Historical Park in the early morning hours of April 23.

It was the biggest turnout for the fundraising event – organized by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board – in the history of the race.

All proceeds are donated to enhance the overall park experience for the 2.2 million tourists worldwide who visit annually.

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The VFTCB expects this year’s record participation to translate into yet another record donation, topping 2016’s $50,000. Over the 12 years of the race, the VFTCB’s Rev Run has sent over a quarter million dollars to Valley Forge.

Runners, walkers, and kids were drawn to the 2017 race by the spirit of competition, the desire to support one of the most iconic landscapes in the state, and to enjoy the unexpectedly beautiful weather.

Even runner Adam Joseph, 6ABC meteorologist, called the day “perfect.” He commented that the event benefitted from a break in dreary showers the day prior and forecast for the day following.

Trevor van Ackeren of Bethlehem crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 25:28. The top female was Margaret Vido of Philadelphia; her time for the five-mile trek was 29:18.

Among the 20 teams that competed, the runners from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (King of Prussia) earned the top spot with its 31.17 finish.

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