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It is with great pride that the Carolina Marathon Association presents this history of the Governor’s Cup Road Race. The Governor’s Cup, as carefully and thoroughly recorded here, has a long and proud history. Since 1973 this event has served two important purposes. First, it has provided the opportunity for South Carolina’s and the Southeast region’s top distance runners to compete in a race that meets the highest standards for competition and event management. Second, the Governor’s Cup has attracted thousands of participants who have used the event as a means for improving their health and fitness.

This history was written by Larry Hamilton, Ph.D., the gentleman who is clearly the best qualified person for the job! Larry joined the Columbia Running Club in 1976, and at the time of this publication was in the 70+ age category and still running 5K races – slowly and carefully, he notes. He served as Director of the Governor’s Cup Road Race for a four-year period (1986-89) and also as Editor of the Columbia Running Club’s Newsletter. He has written a regular column on running for The State newspaper since 1987. Larry is a veteran of 32 marathons, including 12 finishes at the Grandfather Mountain Marathon.

On behalf of the Carolina Marathon Association, which has managed the Governor’s Cup Road Race since the mid-1990’s, and on behalf of the thousands of runners who have taken part in the Governor’s Cup, I express sincerest thanks to Larry for taking on the demanding task of producing this history. He has approached the job with the skill of an experienced journalist and the persistence of a committed distance runner!

Russ Pate
President, Carolina Marathon Association

History of the Governor's Cup Road Race (PDF)