Help Wanted! 
By Russ Pate, Governor’s Cup Event Director
The Governor’s Cup event committee has adopted the goal of developing the event into one that attracts many thousands of participants.  By growing this event, we hope to expand its impact on the community’s health and to bring many visitors to the Greater Columbia area.  To achieve these goals, we need help. 
From its inception in 1973 the Governor’s Cup has been designed and managed by volunteers.  As accepted protocols for road race management have evolved and become more sophisticated, the Governor’s Cup has adapted, and it currently takes advantage of professional services from numerous organizations and individuals.  But at its heart the Gov Cup remains a volunteer-driven event. 
To achieve the goal of creating a bigger and better Governor’s Cup Road Race will need to expand its volunteer participation.  This expansion is need at all levels of the organization.  We need persons who will serve on the event committee working to coordinate major elements of the event.  We need persons who will assume responsibility for key functions during race week.  And we need persons who will provide “on the ground” support on race day.
Some of the key leadership functions needed are:
  1. Course Captains.   These captains will have a section of race course where they will be responsible to make sure that intersections and trouble areas are covered with volunteers and insuring these volunteers know their duties.
  2. Race Start Area Captain - This person will work with volunteers to guarantee timely set up of the start area and ensure all equipment and people are in place.  They will also manage the tear down of the start area.
  3. Finish Area Captains - We will need 2-3 captains to help manage finish area functions such as awards, food and fluids, and vendor services.
  4. Pacers: We need variety of pacers of different abilities for the half marathon.  The pacer range will be from ~1:30 to 2:45 pace.   These pacers will need the ability to comfortable hold there per mile pace in the proper range.
Can you help?  If you would like to be in a key leadership position or have questions, please contact our event coordinator, Ray Renner, at 803-960-6202 or  You may sign up for on the ground support for May 18-19 by going to our volunteer registration page and choosing specific tasks.

Columbia’s Triple Crown

If you are looking for a big challenge in 2018, try completing the third annual Columbia’s Triple Crown by completing three half marathons over 11 weeks. Run Hard Marathon/Half Marathon will be our first leg and takes place on March 3, 2018.  The Palmetto Half Marathon will be our second leg and takes place on April 21, 2018.  The Governor’s Cup Road Race Half Marathon is the final leg taking place on May 19, 2018.  We hope you will become a Triple Crown Winner in 2018!  All who complete the challenge will receive a special medal at the Governor Cup finish line and discounts to all three 2019 events.

Governor’s Cup 2018 course Preview Run

Mark your calendars! The Columbia Running Club (CRC) will be partnering with the Governor's Cup to host a preview run on Saturday February 24, 2018.  This run will start in front of the state capitol at 7:00 am. and finish at the green space at the corner of Lady and Main St.  There will be water and Gatorade at First Baptist Church on State St.  The run will cover just over 8 miles of the half marathon course before cutting back down Sumter St. to the finish area where coffee, water and donuts will be provided. 

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,

Governor’s Cup News and Updates

  • All Running Clubs and Fitness Groups who do not currently have a Gov Cup discount code, may contact the Gov Cup event coordinator, Ray Renner, at 803-960-6202 or to set up your group discount.
  • Our Main Street Mile is the 2018 RRCA Southern Region 1 Mile Championship Event.
  • Our 5k is the 2018 RRCA SC State 5k Championship Event.
  • Lexington Medical Center, Fleet Feet, and Strictly Running are providing training groups for the 2018 Governor’s Cup Road Race.   Please visit our training web page for details.
  • The Tin Roof will be again be hosting our post-event celebration.   This will include a band, free draft beer for participants, games and more.   You will be able to enjoy the bands first set and get your free beer after the 5k awards.   The band will return after the Half Marathon Awards.
  • NEW THIS YEAR.   We will have a bag drop at the start area.   Bags will be transported down to the finish area information and shirt exchange tent. 

Governor’s Cup Road Race Trivia

The first person who gets this correct will win a Strictly Running L/S Shirt with SR Socks or 3 pair of Feetures socks from Strictly Running.  To win, you must be the first person to post the correct answer on our FB page.  Here is your question:
Question: Please give us the names (first and last) of runners attached to the following nicknames:
  1. Pre         2. Boston Billy         3. Geb             4. El Caballo