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Army, Navy stage fitness contests in Philly, Camden

The Navy won the first event, this morning at the Rocky Steps, because the Army had trouble opening a stretcher.

The Army and Navy compete in the annual Patriot Games - a mock military mission outside the Independence Visitors Center on Dec. 7, 2012. (Photos courtesy of Anthony Sinagoga)
The Army and Navy compete in the annual Patriot Games - a mock military mission outside the Independence Visitors Center on Dec. 7, 2012. (Photos courtesy of Anthony Sinagoga)Read more

The Navy won the first event, this morning at the Rocky Steps, because the Army had trouble opening a stretcher.

This wasn't your typical touristy Stallon-style ascension at the Art Museum. After 50 push-ups and jumping-rope reps, squads of four - including men and women - raced up the steps carrying a dummy on the stretcher.

At the top, a flag was waved, to signal each team's other four members to repeat the entire drill.

Then everybody took off running to the next event in the annual Patriot Games - a mock military mission at 10 a.m. outside the Independence Visitors Center, Sixth and Market Streets. At noon, it's a pull-up competition - most in the five minutes - at the Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut. Both events were to be open to the public.

At 3 p.m., a tug-of-war is scheduled for the deck of the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront. Admission should mean a closer look, but the event should be visible from off the ship as well.

At 4 p.m., cadets and midshipmen will give swimming lessons at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Ave., back in Philadelphia.

Finally, at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, before the annual Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field, spectators will witness the running of an obstacle relay course, including rope crawls, rope ladders and cones.

Note: Photos will be added to this story as they become available.