Governor’s Cup Historic 5 Miler

Join us in November for a throwback event that captures the thrill of the very first Governor’s Cup Road Race.

The 5-Mile Historic Governor’s Cup Road Race starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Runners will follow the majority of that first race’s five-mile course, which winds through the capital city’s scenic neighborhoods and finishes with a flourish on the University of South Carolina campus.

Begun in 1973 and traditionally held in the fall, the Governor’s Cup Road Race begins a new era this spring. Plans are in place for the race to be held on the Saturday following Mother’s Day each year.

Before we usher in the spring race, let’s celebrate and remember that first race, held some 43 years ago. Much has changed since then, and re-creating the original five-mile route was challenging: a portion of one road on the university’s campus is no longer there and a portion of another road is closed. Unchanged from the original course are the start on the 1200 block of Main Street in front of the State House and the finish near the Sol Blatt P.E. Center at 1400 Wheat Street. Also included from the original course is a run through Maxcy Gregg Park and up the Saluda Avenue hill coming out of Five Points.

Register now to run in this historic fall event. Registration is just $35, including a long-sleeve T-shirt, awards for overall, masters and grandmasters, as well as prize money for the top runners.  Please visit our website to learn more and register to run or volunteer.

By Ray Renner, Governor’s Cup Road Race Event Coordinator



Governor’s Cup seeks Spirit Corps participants

Community and musical groups are encouraged to apply for Spirit Corps spots in the 44th annual Governor’s Cup Road Race, May 14, 2016.

“The Governor’s Cup Road Race, sponsored by Lexington Medical Center, is one of the oldest, continuously conducted road race events in the Southeast,” said Rick Noble, associate race director. “To encourage the runners, Spirit Corps groups may display signs/loud cheers, do acrobatics, dance or perform cheers or music to generate spectator enthusiasm at assigned “spirit spots” along the course.”

Running your first half marathon

If you’ve ever thought about running a half marathon, the Governor’s Cup inaugural spring race on May 14 is a great opportunity!  There’s plenty of time to train for the 13.1 mile distance, and we’ve got some tips to help you get started.

Governor’s Cup Road Race Trivia

Welcome to our second issue trivia question.  The first person who gets this correct will win a $25 Gift Card to Strictly Running. In order to win, you must post on our FB page the correct answer(s).  Here is your question:

What year did Strictly Running open and at what address did the doors first open?

Note: SR employees cannot participate in this one.