Pa. jogger cited for running at closed national park

Posted: October 8, 2013 - 4:28am


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. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — A marathon runner says he was fined $100 for running in Valley Forge National Historical Park during the government shutdown.

John Bell says he parked his car Sunday in a remote parking lot, not one blocked by a barrier.

The 56-year-old Bell, of Chadds Ford, says two rangers were waiting with their car lights flashing when he returned.

Bell plans to fight the ticket in federal court. He says he saw many other runners and bikers in the park.

A National Park Service spokesman in Washington, D.C., did not immediately return a call Monday.

A park service release says 20,000 employees have been furloughed, while about 3,000 are providing security and emergency services.

Bell's lawyer, Jeremy Ibrahim, says his client is just trying to stay fit, even as Congress debates a national health plan.

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