Please see the calendar below for the current operating schedule of the Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center — our hours have changed. The Johnstown Children’s Museum has been closed since March, but is opening to MEMBERS ONLY Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22 — please see our latest blog post with details. A public opening is scheduled for the last week of August. Stay tuned for updates!

In accordance with PA guidelines, visitors and employees must wear masks, and are asked to observe social distancing while in our facilities. We are taking additional steps, such as sanitizing surfaces frequently. Welcome!

 

The Path of the Flood Historic Races

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 14, 2020

To our Path of the Flood Historic Races community,

I have spent the past month tracking event trends (regionally and nationally), and consulting with race directors, runners, emergency services personnel and our committee to make the best decision possible regarding this year’s event. Ultimately, our highest priority – concern for participant, volunteer and support personnel health and safety – coupled with the input we received, has forced us to make the most difficult and heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 races.

For those who have already registered, please let us know prior to midnight, April 30, 2020, if you would like a refund and direct all requests through our email at: racedirector.potf@gmail.com If you choose to not have your entry refunded, know that it will automatically become a tax deductible donation on May 1, 2020. We will ensure the proper paperwork documenting your donation is mailed to you.

I cannot thank you enough for your patience and understanding. Know that I have had to compose some very difficult communiques during my life and this one is near the top of the list. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Stay healthy, well and sane during these surreal days,

Mark Voelker, Race Director, and the POTFHR Committee

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The Path of the Flood Historic Races allow runners to experience the historic 1889 Johnstown Flood in its entirety with the new 14 Mile course, or in small droplets through the 5K or 8 Mile races. The course follows the Path of the Flood Trail, travels through Staple Bend Tunnel – the first railroad tunnel in the United States – and finishes at Peoples Natural Gas Park where you can see the historic Stone Bridge, still standing after stopping the majority of the flood’s energy. 

Our hybrid road/rail trail course beckons you to be a part of history once again! This year’s course adds the Trolley Line extension trail from East Conemaugh to Woodvale Heights, eliminating the long, arduous paved section on SR 271 that was the bane of past races. This new trail will add 0.7 miles to the two longer distances, hence the “8 Miler” and the “14 Miler.” As we improve upon the experience each year, all three distances will have timing mats with chip timing. Push yourself that extra mile (almost!) in 2020! 

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! 

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: November 29, 2019 through December 2 at 11:59 pm
Includes high-quality shirt, commemorative pint glass filled with free beer or soda, and finisher’s medal.
$55 – 14 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$35 – 8 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$25 – 5K (Free to youth 17 & under)

December 3, 2019 through March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm 
Includes high-quality shirt, commemorative pint glass filled with free beer or soda, and finisher’s medal.
$60 – 14 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$40 – 8 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$30 – 5K (Free to youth 17 & under)

April 1 through April 30 at 11:59 pm 
Includes high-quality shirt, commemorative pint glass filled with free beer or soda, and finisher’s medal.
$65 – 14 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$45 – 8 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$35 – 5K (Free to youth 17 & under)

May 1 through May 10 at 11:59 pm 
Includes high-quality shirt, commemorative pint glass filled with free beer or soda, and finisher’s medal.
$70 – 14 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$50 – 8 miler (Free to youth 17 & under)
$40 – 5K (Free to youth 17 & under)

There will be no online registrations accepted after May 10. There will be Race Day registration for the 5K Race ONLY from 5:30 a.m.-7 a.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Park for $40, but you are NOT guaranteed a t-shirt, pint glass, or finisher’s medal. NO race day registration for the 8 miler and 14 miler.

2020 sponsors: thank you for continued support!

Path of the Flood Historic Races Photos