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The Governor’s Cup Road Race is coordinated by a team of experienced race managers, all of whom have extensive backgrounds as runners themselves.  The Governor’s Cup is operated by the Carolina Marathon Association which has been conducting major running events in Columbia since 1977.  The Carolina Marathon Association’s motto has always been, “Our events are managed by runners for runners.”  That is true of the Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race which we expect to meet the highest standards for competitive running events. Our leadership team:

Russ Pate, Event Director

Russ Pate
Event Director

Russ is a professor with the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  He is responsible for overall management of the Governor’s Cup.

Rick Noble, Community Relations Coordinator

Rick Noble
Community Relations Coordinator

Rick is CEO of Richland County First Steps to School Readiness.  He is responsible for media, sponsorship, start line environment, and course environment.

Kerry McIver

Kerry McIver Cordan
Kids Main Street Mile

Kerry is the Measurement Coordinator for the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina.  She responsible for Kids Main Street Mile event promotions and operations.

Mark Stout

Mark Stout
Race Operations  

Mark is the Program Supervisor for Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center – Irmo. He also has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from USC.  He is responsible for race operations which includes our race courses, police, coning, aids stations, course monitors, and race timing.

Ed Bosch

Ed Bosch
Race Operations

Ed has been organizing road & cross-country races since 1973. He has a Master of Health & Physical Education. He has served as a volunteer girls’ cross-country coach at Lexington High School.

Ray Renner

Ray Renner
Event Coordinator

Ray is the event coordinator for the Governor’s Cup Road Race, group fitness instructor and MSR for LMC health Directions, and founder of Lexington’s Race Against Hunger.    He is responsible for social media, web update coordination, community promotions, event based promotions, running clubs and other groups promotions, expo, registration and packet pick up, and volunteer management.

Jeremy Becraft

Jeremy Becraft
Main Street Mile

Jeremy is the General Manager of the Mast General Store on Main St. in downtown Columbia.  Jeremy serves on the Board of the City Center Partnership and First Thursday on Main committees.  He is responsible for the operation of the Main Street Mile.

Kathryn Cavenaugh

Katheryn Cavanaugh
Elite Athletes

Kathryn is the Assistant Solicitor with Richland County.   She is responsible for qualifying, securing, and hospitality of Invited Athletes.