A nice, small, low-key marathon! (General Comments)|
Karsten Brown from Front Royal, VA (7/23/01)
If you're looking for a big-time marathon with lots of crowd support, live bands, huge race packets, tons of amenities, and so forth, Johnstown is probably not for you. But if you want a nice, low-key, well-organized race with some enjoyable scenery, give Johnstown a try. Starting at the top of the Johnstown Inclined Plane, the course heads through nearby Conemaugh Gap (with pretty autumn foliage) before coming back and finishing at the baseball stadium downtown. There's a net elevation loss, but a few mild uphills in the last ten miles will make you forget that fact. Although the course is open to traffic, there is occasional police support and plenty of room to run. The entry fees are usually very low by marathon standards. I've run the race a few times now, and I always enjoy returning for another year!