The Path of the Flood Historic Races

Who's ready for the 7th Annual Path of the Flood Races?

We are set to flood Johnstown with runners again on May 23, 2020! Lots of NEW additions are brewing for 2020 — including course changes. Read on for details!

REGISTRATION OPENS on Black Friday – take advantage of the Black Friday Special and get $5 off from midnight, Nov. 29, until 11:59 pm on Dec. 2 ONLY.

Register online here

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! 

Register online here

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.

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Path of the Flood Historic Races Photos