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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.

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.

Katie Miller

Katie Miller
Event Manager

Katie Miller is Event Coordinator for the Governor’s Cup Road Race. In that role she is responsible for week-to-week coordination of the overall event with special focus on communication activities, community relations, marketing and promotion, registration and volunteer management. Katie has over 13 years of professional experience with event planning and management. She previously served as an Event Director for the Palmetto Health Foundation.

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.

Dawn Catalano

Dawn Catalano
Spirit Corp Coordinator

Dawn, a public relations/marketing/fund development consultant, is responsible for recruiting and organizing our Spirit Corps groups since its inception.


Jennifer Bozzo

Jennifer Bozzo
Media Relations Coordinator

Jennifer Bozzo is an Event Manager at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center under Experience Columbia SC. For the 2020 Governor’s Cup, she will be handling media relations. She is a Clemson Tiger Alumna and enjoys being outdoors, running, spending quality time with family and friends, involvement in her faith, and traveling. Has participated in many statewide races and has great connections through the racing and non-racing community. She is a hard worker, organized and excited to be a part of the team!