Governor’s Cup Main Street Mile

The Kids Main Street Mile (MSM) will kick-off the Gov Cup weekend, with a 1-mile run on Main Street at 6:30pm on May 18. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Future Scholars 529, registration is FREE for the Kids MSM (K-5th grade only, please).  All Kids MSM participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag, and finisher’s medal. Register now for the Kids MSM, spots are limited!

Following the Kids Run, the adults will get into action with the open and elite Main Street Mile races. The open event starts at 7:00pm and the elites will run at 7:30. Adult races will include awards and prize money for top finishers. Register (link) for the MSM as a single race or combine it with the Saturday half-marathon or 5K for a discount.

Click her to view the MSM Course Map

Charity Beneficiary

We are excited to announce Sistercare as our charity beneficiary for 2018.  Sistercare seeks to provide comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children and to advocate on behalf of these survivors, and to help prevent domestic violence through community awareness and education. Sistercare is the only organization that offers specialized shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Kershaw and Fairfield counties.

We will be collecting items for Sistercare's wish list at the race expo on Friday, May 18, and at the race finish line on Saturday, May 19.   Visit Sistercare to learn more, donate money or wish list items, volunteer, or read great success stories.


Can you help? You may sign up to volunteer by going to our volunteer registration page and choosing specific tasks.  Tasks are available for May 17-19.  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

What's New & Notes

  • New for 2018 is bag drop at the start area.  Bags will be transported down to the Tin Roof for pick up.
  • 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!
  • Every participant registered by May 1 is guaranteed a shirt in their size.
  • The Half Marathon course will close at 10:15 am.  This is a strict cut off for everyone’s safety as the day gets warmer.
  • Our Expo is on Friday, May 18, from 11am-7:30pm at the Hilton Columbia Center (924 Senate St)
  • THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION, but packets can be picked up 6:00 a.m. at the Hilton.
  • Free MSM race entry for kid’s.  Get more information and register kid’s here.
  • Main Street Mile (adults and kid’s) can pick up packets at the Friday expo from 11am-4:00 p.m. Pick up will resume at the starting line of the Main St Mile and Kids Race (Corner of Main and Lady Streets) at 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration transfers (fee of $10) can be made on Friday, May 18, at the expo/packet pickup.

Governor’s Cup Road Race Trivia

The first person who gets this correct will win a Fleet Feet $25 Gift Certificate.  To win, you must be the first person to post the correct answer on our FB page.  Here is your question:
Question: What group or club started the Governor’s Cup Road Race in 1973? 

BONUS QUESTION for 20% discount off our 2018 or 2019 Gov Cup registration.   This must be posted with the answer to first question by midnight tonight.

Question: What is the name (first and last) of the person who was the primary organizer and director of the 1973 Gov Cup?