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2018 Governor's Cup Road Race: Columbia, SC

Launched in 1973, the Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race is one of the oldest, continuously conducted road race events in the Southeast. Join us on May 18-19, 2018 for our 46th annual event.  

South Carolina’s Running Festival kicks off with our Expo on Friday, May 18, at 11:00 am.   The excitement moves on to the Main Street Mile and Kids Main Street Mile on Friday evening.   Runners of all abilities to include elite athletes will be running a mile on Main Street.   This event is the  2018 RRCA Southern Region 1 Mile Championship Event.

On Saturday, May 19, the Half Marathon takes off at 7:00 am, and the 5k Run/Walk takes off at 7:30 am.  The 5k is the 2018 RRCA SC State 5k Championship Event. Both races will experience a great course that includes historic areas and will encounter entertainment from 25-30 Spirit Corps locations on the course. Participants will finish near the intersection of Park and Senate Streets and will be arriving starting at 7:45 am and continuing through 10:00 am.  Our finish area will include music, food, vendors, and activities leading up to our awards ceremonies and a post-race celebration at Tin Roof.  

Post-Event Celebration

Tin Roof  will once again host our post-event celebration.   They will offer one (1) free draft beer from a local brewery for Gov Cup participants 21 years of age or older.  Beer pour to begin at 9:15 a.m.  Brunch will be offered at a discounted rate along with other food choices starting at 8:30am. Live entertainment by Party Time Entertainment DJ’s in finish area from 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.  The band, Blue Pickups, will perform inside the Tin Roof.  The first set ~ 9:15 - 10:00 am. and second set ~ 10:45 am - 1:00 pm.  The top lot patio will be open all day featuring outdoor seating, hula hoops, adult jenga, adult pong, corn hole, and more.  Bag drop will also be offered at the beginning of the race with pickup at Tin Roof.- Bring a change of clothes, or not, and stay for the celebration.

Triple Crown 2018 Information.

Rucking Division added to Gov Cup Half Marathon

The Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup is pleased to announce the addition of a rucking division to the 2018 half-marathon. Participants who wish to “ruck” the half-marathon course while wearing a weighted backpack or rucksack will have their own division and will earn a special patch for their effort in addition to a half-marathon finisher’s medal! South Carolina’s Running Festival is pleased to partner with The Ruckership Network to present this new division. Registration is open and more details to come in a few days.

Working Well Corporate Challenge Returns for 2018!

The Governor's Cup Road Race, in partnership with the South Carolina Hospital Association's Working Well initiative, is happy to announce the return of the Working Well Corporate Challenge. We invite all companies in SC to participate in the challenge with the goal of promoting employee wellness in SC.   Corporate teams will receive a discount on Governor’s Cup race registration and some additional benefits. For more information about how your company can be involved, how to be a team captain, and more, contact Sara Grace Bailey, sbailey@scha.org.

2017 event summary