Dear 2021 Path of the Flood Historic Races Participants,
Live, in-person race day is almost here! As we see some semblance of normalcy return, I want to thank you all for supporting this year’s experience. With some limitations and changes, we are hoping to bring you the same quality of an event that you are used to. We also trust that in 2022 we will be able to return to full race day festivities. I hope to capture anything that you may need to know for this year in this document.
For those who chose to receive your bib and t-shirt via USPS first class mail, packets will be sent Thursday, May 20. They should be a 2-3 day delivery so keep an eye for them.
In person pick up will be at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns Street, Johnstown, PA – Thursday, May 27, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm; Friday, May 28, 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm; and, Saturday morning, May 29th starting at 5:30 am.
Parking. A new business has acquired a significant portion of the parking area that we used to use. For those familiar with the parking across from the train station, there are limited spots available. Please do not park in the CrossFit portion of the lot, nor the small parking lot directly across from the finish line. All street parking in town is free on the weekends. Parking near Washington, Locust, Union or Main Street will be just a short walk to the bus loading area.
Buses. Directors will point you to the appropriate buses for your chosen distance. Buses will start movement to the respective starting lines at 6:30 am. CDC guidelines still require masks while on public transportation. We humbly request that, for the safety of yourselves and your extended running family, you please wear a mask/buff while on the bus. We also ask that you provide appropriate space between groups when taking a seat on the bus. Wipes will be available for your use if you desire to wipe down your seat. The last buses will depart to ensure the official 8:00 am start time is met.
Starting Line Drop Off. If you would like to be dropped off at your race starting area, these addresses will get you to where you need to be. Please keep in mind that there is limited to no parking at these areas. Your ride can then return to the finish area at 90 Johns Street to cheer your finish and pick you up when done!
14 Miler: 128 Ribbon Lane, South Fork, PA – just to the right when entering the lot
8 Miler: Staple Bend Tunnel NPS Site, 1189 Beech Hill Road, Johnstown, PA 15904
5K: Near the Clean Water Car Wash, Davis Street, Johnstown, PA 15909
Starting Times. Our timing company, Falcon Race Timing, will be ready to support our rolling start time of 7:00 am. Each distance will have a starting mat. Participants can start as soon as they are ready after 7:00 am. With no festivities at race finish and to accommodate some social distancing on the course, we thought it would make it easier to roll when ready. 8:00 am will be our “official” last start time to stay in line with our permitting and on course support.
*NOTE REGARDING TIMING MATS AND ROLLING START*
14 Miler and 8 Miler runners – Only run across the starting mat at your start line. Running across any other mats will negate timing for any bib that crosses over a second mat. There will be plenty of space to run around the mats at the 8 Miler and 5K start lines.
Aid Stations. Stations will be located near Mile 3, Mile 6, Mile 10.5, Mile 12 and the finish. Liquids, Clif Shots, Bloks and Sport Beans will be available at each aid station. Please note that there will be a long stretch from Mile 6 to Mile 10.5 that will be unsupported. COVID protocols on the NPS site prevented us from placing a station at the tunnel. Our volunteers have been provided guidance on proper handling. We ask that you don’t touch anything you don’t intend to take for everyone’s health and safety. Portajohns will also be located with each aid station and at the finish.
Photography. As in our past events, we will have photographers along the course to capture your smiles and energy. These photos will be posted on Facebook and links provided following the race. We will have a professional photographer at the finish line who will capture each participant’s smiling face as you cross the line.
Finishing Times and Awards. With this year’s rolling start, we will not know our official times and standings until the last runner has finished. Who knows – the last runner may be the fastest! If winning is your goal, keep this in mind. You’ll have to push hard the whole way with no gauge of where you are in the pack. We will not be holding an awards ceremony at the finish and all prizes will be mailed, emailed or a pick up time can be coordinated. Age group winners will be awarded a special photograph of their finish with recognition of their achievement. Official results will be posted as soon as they are processed.
Finish Line. Once participants cross the line, you will be provided water, your medal, commemorative pint glass and a coupon for a complimentary drink at Stone Bridge Brewing. Due to a local commitment the same day as the race, Stone Bridge Brewing asks that you redeem your coupon starting Sunday, May 30th. The coupon will be good for two weeks following the race. Following your finish, you will be free to enjoy the remainder of your weekend.
Again, we are so grateful for your supporting this year’s races. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we come back to the world of running with real people! I look forward to seeing you all on the 29th. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or concerns.
And our entire race committee!