Amid Shutdown, Runners Protest At Valley Forge
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Dozens of people have staged a protest run through Valley Forge National Historical Park after a runner was ticketed amid the government shutdown.
The shutdown has closed the Philadelphia-area site, and local runner John Bell and others have gotten $100 tickets after parking there.
So they are holding a Patriot Run on Sunday.
Bell says they’ve been running on roads that cut through the park and remain open – just steps from the park’s running path.
The National Park Service says at least 20 people have been issued tickets at Valley Forge, and more at parks across the country. A spokesman says safety is a concern, given staff furloughs.
But Bell doesn’t believe safety is an issue at Valley Forge, which has wide paths and gently rolling hills.