The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board presented $42,000 to Valley Forge National Historical Park from funds raised through this year’s 15th annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run (Rev Run) held virtually in April.
Since its inception in 2006, Rev Run has raised $500,000 for Park infrastructure improvement projects and programming to enhance the visitor experience.
2021 was the first year the VFTCB decided to make Rev Run virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Runners and walkers from 24 different U.S. states, Germany, and the Netherlands virtually participated during National Park Week, April 17–25. Due to record-breaking registration, virtual participation will remain an option moving forward.
“We found such a strong passion within people who wanted to participate and support the Rev Run,” said Race Director Kirsten Tallman. “It truly speaks to the love that people, both in this region and around the world, have for Valley Forge National Historical Park. We look forward to continuing the conversations with our participants about the importance of Valley Forge’s story, and how we can all play a part in the stewardship.”
The amount raised speaks volumes about people’s passion for the park, especially in a year of uncertainty, according to Samantha Cummons, Associate Director of Public Relations.
“To be able to help support the national treasure that we have right in our backyard is so special,” Cummons said.
Contributions from this year’s donation will be used for bottle-filling stations around the Park, and new wayside interpretation panels for the Patriots of African Descent Monument. Additional projects funded by Rev Run proceeds include the design of informational midway kiosks,
The Park also has a significant economic impact on the region, generally contributing $36 million and several hundred jobs to the local economy.
“The park is fortunate to have a committed partner in the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board,” said Superintendent Rose Fennell. “I am grateful for the benefit it provides to the visitor experience.”
More information regarding the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run, including upcoming registration information, can be found here. Next year’s Hybrid Race Date: April 24, 2022!