“The force of the flood better known than described,
As it burst from its receptacle, spreading so wide,
In mountainous torrents rolling down the vale,
Where it found many mortals who it left to bewail.”
The Force of the Flood, William H. Creedon, 1889
Commemorate the past and celebrate the present while reliving the history of the Johnstown Flood. Imagine yourself as part of the infamous wall of water while “roaring” along the Path of the Flood Trail. Following the Conemaugh River, Path of the Flood Historic Half Marathon participants will be challenged by a rolling hybrid road/gravel trail course that offers expansive views of the gorge through which the waters of the 1889 flood poured, celebrates the resiliency of the communities of South Fork, Mineral Point and Johnstown, PA, and showcases the newly completed portions of the trail. Runners will also pass through the National Park Service’s Staple Bend Tunnel, the first railroad tunnel constructed in the United States. Why just read about history when you can be part of it?
Our 5K course will allow participants to feel the power of the last 3.1 miles of the flood’s course on the same route as the half marathon. This route begins in Franklin Borough and will remain on roads to the finish at People’s Natural Gas Park within site of the famous Old Stone Bridge.
Event details and schedule
May 30 - 31, 2014: Packet Pick Up, Times and location TBD
June 1, 2014:
7:30 a.m. Bus loading Commences
9:00 a.m. Half Marathon and 5K Start
10:00 a.m. Post Race Celebration commences at People's Natural Gas Park
Award ceremony to follow as soon as results are compiled.
Johnstown Area Heritage Association and The Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority