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Runners Protest Government Shutdown At Valley Forge

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A sign is posted at an entrance to the closed Valley Forge National Historical Park Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Valley Forge, Pa. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800, 000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) | AP
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PHILADELPHIA -- PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dozens of people have staged a protest run through Valley Forge National Historical Park near Philadelphia after a runner and others were ticketed amid the government shutdown.

Since the shutdown closed the popular site, at least 20 people have gotten $100 tickets for allegedly violating the closure order, mostly for parking in the park.

Several running groups took part Sunday in what some called a "Patriot Run" to call attention to the shutdown. They ran on state and local roads that cut through the national park but remain open and are just a few feet from park paths.

The National Park Service says tickets have been issued at parks across the country. A spokesman says safety is a concern, given widespread staff furloughs.

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