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Oct 13, 2013 5:28 PM by Monica Gouty

Government shutdown: people protest park closure in 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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