BY TOM LAVIS
Running enthusiasts searching for a fun and challenging event should look no further than Morley’s Run, a 10-mile and five-mile run or walk.
The event, sponsored by The Tribune-Democrat, takes place at 9 a.m. Nov. 2.
The course for the race and walk begins at the Inclined Plane at 711 Edgehill Drive in Westmont.
The finish line for each is Central Park in front of The Tribune-Democrat office at 425 Locust St.
During the run’s inaugural event last year, 226 people participated.
“We were pleased at the turnout and look forward to growing the event each year,” said Tribune-Democrat Circulation Director Julie Fox-Arnott.
“By registering early, it is likely those entries will receive a race jersey.”
The supply of jerseys ran a little short last year, but organizers will have between 250 to 300 jerseys available this year.
Early registration is available by visiting The Tribune-Democrat website (www.tribdem.com) and clicking on the Morley’s Run link along the left side.
“Participants just have to fill out the registration form and liability waiver and either mail it in or drop it off at our office,” Fox-Arnott said.
Forms may be mailed to The Tribune-Democrat, Attention: Julie Fox-Arnott, 425 Locust St., P.O. Box 340, Johnstown, Pa. 15907-340.
Cost is $35 to run in the 10-miler and $25 to participate in the five-mile test.
Race day registration begins at 8.
“This is a great time of year for the run because of the cool weather,” said Fox-Arnott.
“It also is a great time for people to come into Johnstown, participate in a hometown race and see friends they haven’t seen for a while.”
Morley’s Run was named in honor of Morley’s Dog, the storied statue that was swept away by the Great Flood of 1889 and dumped onto a debris pile at the Stone Bridge.
“It’s in keeping with the course which takes place on the historic streets of Westmont, Stackhouse Park and downtown Johnstown,” Fox-Arnott said.
“Each course is mostly level and downhill.”
The competitive and family-oriented event is open to all ages.
Volunteers will make every effort to direct runners along the courses.
The proceeds will benefit The Tribune-Democrat’s Newspaper in Education (NIE) program.
The NIE program provides newspapers, curriculum guides, special supplements and other educational services to area classrooms and teachers.
“Our program supports over 220 teachers in 32 different school districts and serves over 9,000 students,” Fox-Arnott said.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Endless Mike & The Beagles in Central Park as participants cross the finish line.
As participants finish, they are entitled to receive foil blankets, refreshments, sub sandwiches, pretzels, chips, fruit and bottled water and hot and cold beverages.
The Inclined Plane will offer free rides to all Morley’s Run participants back to the starting area after the race.
Tom Lavis covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter.com/Tom LavisTD.
On your mark ...
What: Morley’s Run, a 10-mile and five-mile run or walk.
Where: From Westmont to downtown Johnstown.
When: 9 a.m. Nov. 2. Race day registration begins at 8.
Cost: $35 to run the 10-miler and $25 for the five-mile run or walk.