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Hotel & Parking Information

Preferred and Recommended Accommodations:

The Hilton is at ground zero for The Governor’s Cup Running Festival. Close to both the start and finish lines not to mention USC and the State Capitol grounds as well some of the best dining and entertainment venues in all of South Carolina. The Hilton is offering a special race participant discounts You won’t find a better deal in Columbia than the Hilton and the Hampton.

Hilton Columbia Center (Governor's Cup Race Headquarters)
Cutoff date: April 18th
Rate: $119
Check In: 4pm
Check Out: 11am

Parking Information

2019 Parking Map

Please note that all parking options listed below are suggested decks/garages.  

Availability will be on a first come, first served basis. We highly recommend carpooling or taking an Uber/Lyft/Taxi as well as arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your race start to alleviate race stress!

May 17 Race Start (Main Street Mile | Kids Main Street Mile): Starts and finishes at the corner of  Main and Lady Streets (29201). 

May 18 Race Start (5K  | Half Marathon): starts at 1312 Main St. heading south toward the SC State House.  The event finishes heading south on Park St. at 1110 Park Street

Complimentary Garages for Saturday, May 18:

PJ Cannon Deck  
Taylor Street Deck
Washington Street Deck.

*Suggestion: Lady Street Deck is closest parking to starting line and Park Street Garage is closest to Finish line

See below for the pricing schedule for all other city garages:

Hourly rates

  • First 30 minutes $1.00
  • Second 30 minutes $1.00
  • Each additional hour $1.00 (maximum of $10.00/day)

Need a way to get from one location to another? Try the Blue Bikes!

Check out the Blue Bike stations located at the Starting Line and Finish Lines.

Starting Line Blue Bike stations are located at 1339 Main Street and 1221 Main Street.
Finish Line Blue Bike station is located at 1120 Lincoln Street and a temporary station will be located next to Tin Roof at 1022 Senate Street.

Blue Bikes for Governor’s Cup Road Race! Use code runthecup (case-sensitive) to receive $10 off $20 for a monthly membership.

🚲 How to use:

  1. Go to https://www.bluebikesc.com/pricing/membership or download the OfficialBlueBikeSC mobile app (more convenient way)
  2. Register for a "Monthly Membership"
  3. Enter promotional code: 'runthecup' (case-sensitive) at checkout. This will provide you with unlimited 45-minute trips.
  4. Download the OfficialBlueBikeSC app to unlock the bike, view the map, report issues, follow your ride, and more.
  5. Have fun and be safe!

*Please keep in mind that if you go over your 45-minute trip, that your card on file will be charged $2 for every 30 minutes that you go over. Bikes can be docked at any station to avoid this charge and can be pulled back out (free of charge) if the user wants to continue their trip.*

About Blue Bike:

The City of Columbia has contracted a collaboration and partnership with Bewegen Technologies and Corps Logistics to bring bike share to our region. To meet the City of Columbia’s unique challenges, Blue Bike is designed to promote short bike trips within core communities, where clusters of large employers, colleges, shopping, tourist destinations and residents can readily be connected.

Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and The COMET

About the Bike Share System:

Blue Bike is a public transportation system that allows users to get around Columbia in a whole new different way! The system is outfitted with 13 stations and 135 bikes in our fleet (with 1/3 of them being e-bikes or pedal assist). The bikes are equipped with a secondary lock so you can park your bike and run errands as well as a front facing basket that holds up to 45-pounds.

Bikes can be accessed via your BlueBikeSC app or your key fob. You can access the station map via the app or website. Memberships can be purchased on www.BlueBikeSC.com or via the BlueBikeSC app. Bikes can be returned to any station. Once you’ve purchased a membership, it’s as easy as locating a dock and renting a bike.

Prices Via Our Mobile App Blue Bike SC and Website:

Go Pass: $2 /per 45-minute trip
Day Pass: $6 /per day. Includes unlimited 45-minute trips
Month Membership: $20 /per month. Includes unlimited 45-minute trips
Year Membership: $85 /per year. Includes unlimited 45-minute trips

*FOR ALL PASSES AND MEMBERSHIPS: Trips over 45-minutes are an additional $2 for every 30 minutes. Users can always dock their bike within the 45-minute ride time and rent again to avoid this charge and continue riding.*