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2020 Cambria County Trails Series

The Cambria County Trails Series features an event on each of the Cambria County Trails. Proceeds from the Cambria County Trails Series benefit the enhancement and expansion of the Cambria County Trails.

Become a Friend of the Trails member and receive a $5 discount off all 2020 Trails Series events.

A note from Race Director, Mark Voelker:

To our Path of the Flood Historic Races community,

I have spent the past month tracking event trends (regionally and nationally), and consulting with race directors, runners, emergency services personnel and our committee to make the best decision possible regarding this year’s event. Ultimately, our highest priority – concern for participant, volunteer and support personnel health and safety – coupled with the input we received, has forced us to make the most difficult and heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 races.

For those who have already registered, please let us know prior to midnight, April 30, 2020, if you would like a refund and direct all requests through our email at:

If you choose to not have your entry refunded, know that it will automatically become a tax deductible donation on May 1, 2020. We will ensure the proper paperwork documenting your donation is mailed to you.

I cannot thank you enough for your patience and understanding. Know that I have had to compose some very difficult communiques during my life and this one is near the top of the list. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Stay healthy, well and sane during these surreal days,

Mark and the best race committee anyone could ever desire


A Flood of Runners is returning to Johnstown, PA for the 7th year of the Path of the Flood Historic Races! This event allows runners to experience the historic 1889 Johnstown Flood in its entirety with the new 14 mile course, or in small droplets through the 5K or 8 mile races. The course follows the Path of the Flood Trail, travels through Staple Bend Tunnel – the first railroad tunnel in the United States – and finishes at Peoples Natural Gas Park where you can see the historic Stone Bridge, still standing after stopping the majority of the flood’s energy. 

Our hybrid road/rail trail course beckons you to be a part of history once again! This year’s course adds the Trolley Line extension trail from East Conemaugh to Woodvale Heights, eliminating the long, arduous paved section on SR 271 that was the bane of past races. This new trail will add 0.7 miles to the two longer distances, hence the “8 miler” and the “14 miler.” As we improve upon the experience each year, all three distances will have timing mats with chip timing. Push yourself that extra mile (almost!) in 2020! 

All proceeds from the 2020 Path of The Flood Historic Races will benefit the Johnstown Area Heritage Association and the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority Friends of the Trails program, which exists to enhance the Cambria County trails.

Visit the official website of the Races for more details.

The 5th Annual Ghost Town Trail Challenge, hosted by the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority, has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 22nd due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Challenge is a 32-mile long (50k), endurance hike along the entire length of the Ghost Town Trail from Blairsville, PA to Ebensburg, PA. Participants begin at sunrise and are challenged to complete the entire 32 miles by foot before sundown. This is not a race, but rather a challenge, which tests your mental and physical ability to journey this distance.

Full Challenge (32 Miles – 50k) – It begins at 7:00 a.m. at Saylor Park in Blairsville and ends at the YPCC in Ebensburg.
Half Challenge (16 Miles – 25k) – It begins at 8:30 a.m. near the Wehrum Trailhead and ends at the YPCC in Ebensburg.
Friends/Family Challenge (7.5 Miles – 12k) – It begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Nanty Glo Trailhead and ends at the YPCC.

All proceeds from the Ghost Town Trail Challenge will benefit the Friends of the Trails program, which exists to enhance and expand the Cambria County Trails. Please visit our registration page for more detailed information on this event.

GTT challenge

The 10k out-and-back course will be along the entire Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail in Johnstown that extends from Riverside to Sandyvale. Participants will follow the scenic section of the trail along the Stonycreek River and will pass by the Trail Art Murals near the old trolley bridge in Moxham. The 5k out-and back course will begin and end in Riverside, with a turn around point at Bridge Street.

All proceeds from the Jim Mayer Trail Family Fun Run will benefit the Friends of the Trails program, which exists to enhance and expand the Cambria County Trails.

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