Athletes will put their endurance to the test in Johnstown, PA on Sunday, October 4th, 2009, as the city hosts the 34th Annual Johnstown Marathon. Organized by the Greater Johnstown YMCA, the race is a favorite of participants for a host of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the event is held during the height of autumn, giving runners a colorful view of the Greater Johnstown area.
Runners will start at Johnstown’s historic Inclined Plane (click here for a map), where they will set off of a course that winds through the city’s neighborhoods and scenic countryside, ending at Johnstown’s Point Stadium (click here for a map). A mile-by-mile course description is available on the YMCA’s Web site.
In addition to the marathon, the event provides challenges for runners of all skill levels by presenting additional racing levels to participate in, including:
- Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
- 10K Race (6.2 miles)
- 10K Corporate Challenge (6.2 miles)
- 5K Fun Walk/Run (3.1 miles)
- Relay Team Competition
Registration options are accessible from the Marathon & 10K area of the YMCA’s Web site. All proceeds raised by this event benefit the YMCA youth, families and scholarship programs. This year the YMCA race event is also helping to raise awareness of the SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood) Program. To learn more about this cause, visit www.sudc.org.
There is a host of information on this event on the Johnstown Marathon area of the YMCA Web site, including preregistration details, information on related events and volunteer information. Use the menu on the left to access all Marathon-related pages.
To those participating in this year’s event, we at Do Johnstown! wish you the best of luck. May you have a safe and rewarding race. We encourage everyone in the area to come out and support these athletes as they undertake this impressive challenge.
We’ve uploaded photos from the 2009 Johnstown Marathon to the “Johnstown Marathon” photo set on the Do Johnstown! Flickr photostream.