Please see the calendar below for the current operating schedules of the Johnstown Flood Museum, Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum. The Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only; the Johnstown Flood Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visitors to the Johnstown Children’s Museum (which is located on the third floor of the Heritage Discovery Center) are encouraged to RSVP 539-1889 before your visit, as we are limiting the number of families in the museum at any given time — see the children’s museum COVID information page for details on our scheduling and safety protocol. RSVPs are not needed to visit the Johnstown Flood Museum or the other attractions in the Heritage Discovery Center.

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 to ensure safety, such as sanitizing surfaces frequently. Welcome!

 

The Path of the Flood Historic Races

The races return on May 29, 2021!

As we open registration, there are many COVID-related restrictions currently in place, making a few changes necessary.

1) MANDATORY CAP – there is a cap of 250 runners per distance
2) There will be NO bib transfers allowed
3) The park will not be open to spectators and there is no after-race festival planned, per current CDC and PA Department of Health Covid guidelines
4) Any changes to these restrictions will be noted on the Active registration page, the Path of the Flood website, JAHA and CCCRA Facebook pages, and will be emailed to any pre-registered participants.
5) There will be NO day of race registrations allowed for any distance

What hasn’t changed
6) At packet pickup, all participants will receive their high-quality race shirt, with race bag and chipped bib. All finishers will receive their commemorative pint glass and finisher’s medal.
7) There will still be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall awards, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place age division awards.

 Register now on Active.com

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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 May 29, 2021 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! 

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: November 27, 2020 through November 30 at 11:59 pm
Includes high-quality shirt, commemorative pint glass, 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 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm 
Includes high-quality shirt, commemorative pint glass, 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, 2021 through April 30 at 11:59 pm 
Includes high-quality shirt, commemorative pint glass, 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, 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. Due to COVID restrictions and mandatory race caps, there will be NO race day registrations for ANY of the races.

2020 sponsors: thank you for continued support!

Path of the Flood Historic Races Photos