'78 Mile Challenge

Join the National Park Service to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People by participating in the ‘78 Mile Challenge along the trails, roads, and waterways within Valley Forge National Historical Park. 

Participants can run, walk, bike, hike, or paddle to complete the challenge. Keep track of miles you have accumulated in the park and when you reach that magic number - 78 - you will earn a special prize that places you in that elite group of outdoor enthusiasts. The number 78 recognizes 1778, the year George Washington’s army struggled, trained, and eventually persevered right here at Valley Forge.

The 2019 challenge begins on April 28 with the Rev Run event.


How It Works

1. Download the log form
Follow this link to download the official 78 Mile Challenge log form. Print it out and then get outside at Valley Forge!

2. Track your miles
Every time you go for a run, take a hike, enjoy a walk at Valley Forge National Historical Park you can record your miles. You can attend park programs such as History Hikes or Ranger Led Walks to earn more miles as well. Consult the Maps and Brochures page for more information about trail distances.

3. Claim your prize
Once you have reached 78 miles, bring your completed log form into the Visitor Center. Park staff will verify your form and issue your prize! Please note prizes will not be available for pick-up until June 1, 2019.

In addition to the standard prize, the first fifteen finishers will receive a t-shirt courtesy of the Valley Forge Park Alliance! 


Kids Challenge

All participants 12 years old and younger are invited to collect stickers as they complete the challenge. Come into the Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitors Center after you complete 25 miles to get your achievement stickers! NPS staff will distribute mileage specific stickers for kids who complete 25 mi., 50 mi., and then 78 mi. It’s a great way for kids to monitor their progress!