Frequently Asked Questions

What is the race date? The Path of the Flood Historic Races are run on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, which is May 25, 2024. (That date is chosen because the Johnstown flood of May 31, 1889 fell on Decoration Day, the forerunner to Memorial Day).

What happens if I entered and cannot participate? There are no medical comps, rollovers, or registration transfers. Our event is non-profit and all uncommitted funds will be earmarked for the Johnstown Area Heritage Association and the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority Friends of the Trails program.

Can someone else pick up my packet? Yes. They will need to provide your confirmation print out or a note signed by you giving them permission to pick up your packet for you.

Are dogs allowed on the course or in Peoples Natural Gas Park? No, dogs are not allowed. There is no way to know how others will react to your dog during the race. Further, dogs are not allowed inside the Park nor on the buses.

Can I wear earphones? Yes, but please do so as to not pose a safety risk to yourself or others.

Can I use a baby jogger/stroller? The 5K course includes a section of gravel. So while it is theoretically possible to use a jogging stroller, it may not be easy. Regular strollers that are meant for paved/finished surfaces are strongly discouraged.

Can I expect continuous cellphone coverage? Most, but not all, of the 14 miler course has cell coverage. If you are streaming music, do not be surprised when you are “forced” to listen to your footfalls at some points along the course!

Can I walk the course? Yes, but if you opt to walk the 14 miler course, you must be prepared to self-support. Aid stations and traffic controls will remain in place to support a 15:00/mile. Anything slower than that will not be guaranteed course support. There will be a designated “Last Runner” for the 14 miler who will inform the aid station volunteers that they can pack out. If you plan to walk, consider registering for the 8 miler or 5k race instead.

Can I be dropped off at the start area for my race? Runners who arrange a ride and can be dropped off without parking a car at any start area are free to do so. Make sure you have all your gear and are there in time for the timely 8:00 a.m. start!

What are good locations for cheering? As the course traverses many of the communities affected by the 1889 flood, cheering from along the course should be easy. Maple Ave., Washington St., Iron St., and the Finish Line at Peoples Natural Gas Park are all good locations for cheering. Remember to make signs to cheer on your friends and family! Remember that traffic control is in place for the event may slow or delay your moving around in the areas of downtown Johnstown during the race.

If you have further questions, please email racedirector.potf@gmail.com.