City to help with Johnson 5K Jog

JOHNSTOWN — Organizers for the upcoming 8th Annual Johnson Jog 5K Run/Walk last week requested city assistance for the event, which is the second of the area’s 5K Triple Crown.

Ron Robinson, event organizer, gave a brief presentation on the May 18 Johnson Jog to the Common Council at City Hall.

“In the past, the city departments have been instrumental,” he said.

Robinson said the office of Mayor Vern Jackson, and the city Police Department and Department of Public Works have assisted in various ways for the Johnson Jog 5K Run/Walk through historic Johnstown.

Johnson Jog is a key fundraiser for the Johnson Hall State Historic Site, which starts and finishes near that landmark. The course, lined with costumed historical figures, passes many historic sites in Johnstown. They include Johnson Hall, Drumm House, Fulton County Courthouse, Jimmy Burke Inn, Old Fort Johnstown, Johnstown Public Library and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

“We wouldn’t be able to have a safe event without you people,” Robinson told city officials. “This is an exciting time for our organizations.”

Johnson Jog is one of three events in the Johnstown area. Glove Cities Rotary’s Run for the Roses 5K is set for May 4. The last leg — The ARC Lexington 5K Run is slated for June 8. Participants can pay $50 for all three races. If registered by May 1, individual races are $20 each.

Three local groups are joining forces to raise money and promote their causes in Fulton County, with the 5K Triple Crown presented by St. Mary’s Healthcare. 5K races, which will be held on the three separate Saturdays that coincide with the Triple Crown horse races resulting in one male and female grand champion.

Registration times for the first two events — Run for the Roses and Johnson Jog — is 9:30 a.m. Registration for the Lexington 5K Run is 8 a.m.

All three runs begin at 9 a.m.

This year’s Triple Crown features the addition of four $300 cash prizes awarded at the conclusion of the final race. Everyone who enters the Triple Crown and participates in at least one of the races will be placed in a drawing. Also new to the event his year will be the addition of a team competition for the 5K Triple Crown, with prizes for the most creative teams.

First prize is $100; second prize is $75; and third prize is $50.

Cash prizes will be awarded to Triple Crown winners (male/female) in the following age groups: 20 to 39; 40 to 59; 60 and older.

Medals will also be awarded in the following age categories: 15 and younger; 16 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 to 69; 70 and older.

Run for the Roses 5K starts from Partner’s Pub, 21 S. William St., Johnstown. Johnson Jog begins on Hall Avenue. The third race will be a benefit for Lexington ARC Family Services starting at 465 N. Perry St. in Johnstown.

Runners will also receive a free Triple Crown shirt, as well as a shirt and goody bag for each of the three races. Runners may also choose to enter individual races.

People can register online at: or visit Facebook at

The public can mail a form and payment to: Glove Cities Rotary Club, P.O. Box 964, Gloversville, NY 12078.

For more information, the public can also call Race Coordinator Jessica Ford at (518) 332-8449; or email:

For additional information, the public can also visit this Facebook page:

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at