A light rain did not dampen the spirits of 1,046 competitors at the Valley Forge Revolutionary Five-mile Run at Valley Forge National Historical Park on Sunday, April 22nd. In fact, winner Michael McKeeman clocked the fastest time in the event’s seven-year history, breezing through the park's challenging and hilly course in 24:41 minutes.
The race is hosted by the park and produced by the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau with support from the Friends of Valley Forge Park. Proceeds from the first six annual “Rev Runs” totaled more than $119,000 and went toward trail maintenance and other projects that might have otherwise not been funded. The bureau expects to contribute another $20,000 after this year’s post-race accounting.
Registering for the event were 1,293 runners, 119 three-mile walkers, and 91 children who participated in the 1.776 kilometer Youth Fun Run, operated by the Young Friends of Valley Forge Park.
The second annual “Spirit of Valley Forge - Triumph of Adversity” Award was presented to 38-year-old cancer survivor Tiffany Kidd of Philadelphia. After being diagnosed in 2008, Kidd began to walk and then run recreationally to help her mentally and physically endure chemotherapy treatments. Her personal story resonated with online voters who compared it to the survival of the continental soldiers during the Valley Forge winter encampment of 1777-78.
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