At the Washington Monument an official ceremony was conducted by Mr. Casey Conrad, President’s Advisor on Physical Fitness.

Mr. Casey Conrad:

The spirit of the Bicentennial is exemplified by these young dedicated Americans who have shown their sense of sacrifice, and a rekindling in their own lives of the spark that made this country great. One of the aspects of this, of course, is physical fitness. Now, I have some wonderful presentations here. For example, I have a letter from the President, who has asked me to give each of these young men his personal commendation. (Mr. Conrad then read out the letter, a copy of which had been typed for each of the runners and personally signed by President Ford. A reproduction of the letter appears on the following page.)