The Path of the Flood Historic Races

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Path of the Flood Trail South Fork to Johnstown, PA 15907
Johnstown, PA 15901

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The 1889 Johnstown Flood brought on change, and 2021 brings the same for the Path of the Flood Historic Races!

Prepare yourselves for a whole new experience with two new trail extensions for the races! For those who choose the 14 Mile distance, you will have the opportunity to “be the water” as you face into the new trail and it’s steep initial eighty foot ascent – forcing your way up and over the top, breaching the “dam” and allowing your potential to shift into kinetic energy where you will roil and foam along this new 1.75 mile stretch. You will be able to see the town of South Fork from a whole new perspective before rejoining our previous course and continuing towards the finish.

All runners will have the opportunity to experience the new Trolley Line Extension from East Conemaugh to Woodvale Heights. This new trail allows us to get you off that long, exposed, mean stretch of road that ran from miles 10.5 to 12.0, but running in the shade doesn’t come without a price! This new trail gives everyone an opportunity to take in a view of Johnstown that few ever see with a little climb before descending into The Heights of Woodvale and the continuing shade of Plum Street, passing through the Hope Tunnel and back onto the course for a strong push to the finish at Peoples Natural Gas Park, where you can see the historic Stone Bridge, still standing after stopping the majority of the flood’s energy.

Having to take current CDC and state guidelines into account, all three races will be capped at 250 participants so register early to avoid missing the race! As of right now, we are not planning for any post-race festivities at the park. We have contingency plans in the event that the world is a different place by spring of 2021. We will still provide the best race swag and will do our utmost to ensure this is the best running of the POTFHR ever! As we are always looking to improve upon your experience each year, all three distances will now have timing mats with chip timing.

This event is hosted by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association and the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority – all proceeds benefit the Cambria County Trails and the heritage of the Johnstown region.

Registration is free for youth 17 years of age & under for all three races, thanks to 1889 Foundation. There is a cap of 500 runners for each distance. Register early to avoid missing the race!

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