KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – Runners and walkers from 24 U.S. states, Germany, and the Netherlands will virtually participate in the 15th Annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run
The run is scheduled during National Park Week, April 17 to April 25.
Organized by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB), all proceeds from the event benefit Valley Forge National Historical Park. The cost is $40 with an option to make personal donations. Users can register online at https://www.valleyforge.org/revolutionary-run/ until April 25.
New this year to enhance the virtual experience, participants will receive a personalized digital racing bib, and for the first time since the race’s inception in 2005, all registrants will earn a finisher medal.
In 14 years, the event has raised nearly $458,000 including a record-breaking $56,500 in 2019. 2020’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Typically, runners trek the five-mile closed course following the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, and traverses the scenic and hilly terrain of the park with steady climbs and descents, a mix of roads and trails, and ends with a tough uphill climb over the final quarter-mile to the finish line at the park’s Visitor Center.
For the race’s 15th anniversary, participants have the option to individuall take on a modified version of the Valley Forge course or choose their own route to complete the five-mile challenge anywhere in the world. Runners are asked to track their route at any point during National Park Week and upload their results.
The Park also has a significant economic impact on the region, generally contributing $36 million and several hundred jobs to the local economy.
“We’re very excited about the new opportunities this year’s virtual run will bring to our event,” said race director Kirsten Tallman. “Being able to invite runners from all over the world to join in on our mission of supporting the important American story that is Valley Forge brings our mission to a whole new level. I love that we can connect the historic message of perseverance and determination to a broader audience.”