Johnson Jog set for May 13

Johnson Jog Co-Director Ron Robinson discusses details about the upcoming event at the Johnstown Common Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. Looking on is 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

JOHNSTOWN — Details of next month’s sixth annual Johnson Jog 5K Run/Walk in the city were shared with the Common Council Monday night at City Hall.

Event Co-Director Ron Robinson told the council the event starts at 9 a.m. May 13 at the Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Ave.

Proceeds from this event, sponsored by the Friends of Johnson Hall, will go to programs such as Market Fair and the Holiday Open House, as well as an ongoing wallpaper restoration project at Johnson Hall.

As in other years, the course starts and ends at Johnson Hall and passes by historic sites, where re-enactors in period dress will cheer on the participants.

Robinson, who co-directs Johnson Jog with his wife, Patricia Robinson, praised the city of Johnstown.

“Everyone in the city has been extremely helpful,” he said.

Wanda Burch, president of Friends of Johnson Hall, requested the help of the Johnstown Police Department and the city Department of Public Works for traffic control and course preparation again this year.

Robinson requested the city police close Hall Avenue only for local traffic from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. the day of the event.

He also requested DPW do some street cleaning in association with the run/walk. He said participants and spectators last year raved about how clean the streets were. He also invited Mayor Vern Jackson to say a few words at the beginning.

The mayor responded he would, adding: “I’m also in the race.”

The first 100 registrants will receive a 2017 T-shirt. There will be an open house at Johnson Hall and refreshments will be served.

The cost for pre-registration is $15 and day of race is $20. Teams are welcome.

For online registration go to or download the application at and click on race schedule.

Parking will be at Johnstown High School with shuttle service to Johnson Hall.

Pre-race packet pick up will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 12 at the hall. Day of race registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, the public is asked to email Ron Robinson at [email protected]

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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