Jog organizers ask Johnstown for aid

JOHNSTOWN – Organizers of the second annual Johnson Jog 5K run/walk asked the city Monday night for help again assisting in the colorful event slated for May 18.

Ron and Pat Robinson, associated with Friends of Johnson Hall, outlined plans for the event to the Common Council at City Hall. He said last year’s first-ever event on May 19, which featured many Colonial era reenactors along the path of the city’s historical sites, attracted 204 registrants. A canon blast started the event.

“It was very fun and very successful,” Ron Robinson told the council.

Johnson Jog is a fundraising event for the Johnson Hall State Historic Site, he said. The amount of money raised from last year was not specified by organizers. The organizing group appreciated the help of Mayor Sarah Slingerland, City Engineer Chandra Cotter, city police Chief Mark Gifford and many other city officials in helping with last year’s event, he said.

“Without you guys, this wouldn’t have been as much of a success at all,” Robinson said.

The second annual jog will start at 9 a.m. May 18. The event also receives support from many local volunteers and businesses.

“We’re kind of hoping we can get the same support again,” Robinson said.

Pat Robinson said last year’s event featured many reenactors, which enhanced the 5K route. But she said the reenactors can also be from another period in history, such as the Civil War. She said more information on Johnson Jog can be found by logging onto The registration form can be downloaded there, she said.

“It’s very unique to have a state historic site inside your city,” Slingerland said. “It’s [Johnson Jog] a nice community event. This is an economic boost to the city of Johnstown.”

Ron Robinson said this year will be the 250th anniversary of Johnson Hall. He said the site manager will be announcing several events this year at the site because of the anniversary.