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!


Course Information

Details about the course

Chip timing is being provided this year by Falcon Race Timing of Northumberland, PA. Results will be available shortly after the race at Falcon’s website, linked above. Results will also be posted on this website.

Register online here

Aid Stations
Each aid station will provide porta-johns, water, electrolyte replenisher, gels, bananas and/or oranges, located in the following areas for each race:

14 miler
– Start area (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 3.0 South Fork (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 6.0 Staple Bend Tunnel parking lot (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)
– Mile 8.0 Staple Bend Tunnel (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks)
– Mile 10 Franklin Borough ballfield (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)
– Mile 12 City Brake & Auto Service (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)

8 miler
– Start area at Staple Bend Tunnel parking lot (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 2.0 Staple Bend Tunnel (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks)
– Mile 4.0 Franklin Borough ballfield (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)
– Mile 6.0 City Brake & Auto Service (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks, bananas, oranges)

– Start area at Franklin Borough ballfield (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 1.2 (water, gatorade)

Course Terrain

14 miler. The new 14 Miler course is roughly a fifty-fifty combination of paved road and crushed gravel (rails to trails) surfaces. Although the flood waters of the Little Conemaugh all ran “downhill,” there will be portions of the course that will offer ascents – most notably the first two miles of the course into and around South Fork, the west side of Staple Bend Tunnel on the Coy/McCombie section of the Path of the Flood Trail, and the new Trolley Line extension from East Conemaugh to Woodvale Heights at Mile 10.7! 

8 miler. The new 8 Miler course is roughly a fifty-fifty combination of crushed gravel (rails to trails) and paved road surfaces. Runners will have a smooth start to and through the Staple Bend Tunnel before a healthy, but short, series of climbs to regain the hillside before heading into the halfway mark. The 5K description applies for the remainder of the course.

5k.  The 5k course is nearly all new for 2020! The race will start in East Conemaugh and traverse the recently completed Trolley Line extension from East Conemaugh to Woodvale Heights. This shaded trail will challenge all participants with a steady, shaded climb on one of Johnstown’s historic trolley cut outs, a flat traverse with never-before-seen views of town and the surrounding area, and a challenging switchback ascent to Woodvale Heights. After passing through the “Hope Tunnel,” the course will intercept Clinton Street at Mile 2.0, continue on to Washington Street, cross the Walnut Street Bridge where the finish line will be in sight. 

Marked Course
There will be markers at each mile along the route. The course is fairly intuitive but we will have guides for traffic control and “steering” at the few points that they are required. Orange traffic cones will guide the runners on roughly the last three miles of the route.

Medical Aid
There will be EMT support at the 8 miler start/Mile 6 of the 14 miler at the Staple Bend Tunnel parking lot and at the 5K start. There will also be EMT/medical support at the race finish. Each aid station will have basic first aid materials, Vaseline, etc.

2020 POTF courses

This map shows the revised courses for 2020.