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2018 Event Summary

The Lexington Medical Center 46th annual Governor’s Cup Road Race took place on May 18-19, 2018.     Events include a Main Street Mile on Friday evening with Kid’s Open and Elite divisions.   On Saturday, we had the half marathon and 5k events.  The Main Street Mile was the Southern Regional 1-mile Championship Event and the Half Marathon was the State Championship Event for the Road Runners Club of America.

The Main Street Mile events began on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with our Future Scholar Kid’s mile.  Present at the event and encouraging approximately 700 kid’s to be Future Scholars was SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis.  Everyone was a winner in the Kid’s Mile Fun Run as they ran down Main Street Columbia, and enjoyed Pelican ice, face painting, and more.

Our Main Street Mile Open and elite competition followed the Kid’s Mile.  The open division male winner was Nate Carracso in 5:01 and the female winner was Andee Swann in 5:52. The elite division men’s winner was Austin Steagall in a time of 4:15 and the female winner was Yolanda Ngarambe in a time of 4:49.

On Saturday, the Lexington Medical Center half marathon started at 7:00 am, followed by the BlueCross BlueShield 5k run/walk at 7:30 am.    The top male in the half marathon was Francis Kamiri in a time of 1:05:27 and top female Zipporah Chebet in a time of 1:19:19.   For the 5k race, the male winner was Matt Shock in a time of 16:03 and the top female was Michelle Ziegler in a time of 18:32.  Please view full race results here.

Special thanks to many who made this day possible.  Thanks to our platinum sponsor Lexington Medical Center who supports our event fully as a sponsor with high employee participation and a top-notch marketing team.  Thanks to our 5k race/walk gold sponsor *Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC who has an enormous employee participation of runners and volunteers.  BCBSSC supplied volunteers for all our water/aid stations for the races.  Thanks to our Main Street Mile gold sponsor Future Scholar 529 who enabled our children to run at no cost and supported our event in many ways.

Thank you to the rest of our sponsors.  The State Paper, Richland County, City of Columbia, First Citizens Bank, The Hilton Columbia Center, Dicks Sporting Goods, Columbia Regional Sports Council, Edventure, Grace Outdoors, Two Men and a Truck, City of Cayce, and Tin Roof.  Special Thanks to Tin Roof for supplying a great post event party.

One more special thanks to dozens of volunteers who made this an awesome day for everyone!

*BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.