The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) 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 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 design of informational midway kiosks, Once Upon a Nation programming, storytelling benches, future maintenance needs of Sullivan’s Bridge, the newly renovated Grand Parade Trail Steuben Plaza area, and other trail connections.
The VFTCB also announced the official date of next year’s hybrid event – which will be held both in-person at the park and virtually – April 24, 2022. Registration information will be coming soon.
Returning in 2022 will be finisher medals for all participants. Additionally, registrants will receive a 2022 Revolutionary Run commemorative t-shirt. Cash prizes with a purse totaling $1,400 will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers of the in-person portion of the race. Sponsorships will also be available starting at $250, with upgraded digital sponsorship opportunites via the tourism board’s social media, website, and public relations efforts.
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?at?www.revolutionaryrun.org or by following along on social media: @ValleyForgeRevolutionaryRun, @VisitValleyForge (Facebook), @VisitVF (Twitter), and @VisitValleyForge (Instagram).
The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) is a nonprofit, membership-based sales and marketing organization that actively promotes Valley Forge and Montgomery County, PA as a convention site and leisure visitor destination by encouraging patronage of its 600+ member hotels, restaurants, attractions, and services. The award-winning website links visitors, meeting planners, tour operators, and residents to a diverse portfolio of brands focused on reasons to visit the region.