Spirit Of Valley Forge

Published: March 3, 2011

"Spirit of Valley Forge" Celebrated by New Honor
Runner Exemplifying Continental Army's Perseverance
to Be Feted at Annual Rev Run

King of Prussia, Pa. - Courage, determination and perseverance defined the brave Continental Army soldiers who struggled through and survived the elements at Valley Forge during their winter encampment of 1777-78. Now, their legacy will live on through the "Spirit of Valley Forge - Triumph Over Adversity" award to be introduced during this April's sixth annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-mile Run at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau, which produces the Run, is seeking nominations for its first-time "Spirit" award to acknowledge an individual who's participated in the event as a milestone of their personal triumph over a significant challenge. This year's Run and the inaugural award presentation will take place April 17.

"Many of our past runners have so inspired us with their personal stories that we designed this award for them, as a way to both communicate and commemorate the story of strength and survival that is Valley Forge," said Bureau President Paul Decker.

Runners who've lived such stories are encouraged to nominate themselves, and anyone who knows a runner they believe is deserving of the honor may submit a 250-word essay detailing the challenges and triumphs and how they exemplify the enduring spirit of Valley Forge. Guidelines for nominations and registration information are available at www.revolutionaryrun.org. Nominations must be received by April 2, 2011.

The Run raises funds for trail improvements and other initiatives at the Park and also comprises a three-mile walk, one-mile youth fun run for kids 6 - 12 and family health and fitness expo featuring refreshments and healthy living, exercise and running related exhibitors.

The Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ltd. is a nonprofit, membership-based sales and marketing organization that aggressively promotes the Valley Forge area and Montgomery County as a convention site and leisure visitor destination by encouraging patronage of its 500-plus member hotels, restaurants, attractions and services. The Bureau's Web site, at www.valleyforge.org, serves visitors, meeting planners, tour operators and residents.

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