Governor’s Cup COVID-19 Updates

April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues affecting life for people across the country and the globe. Our daily routines have been upended, with new developments happening almost by the hour. It truly is an unprecedented time we all are going through.

Local, state and federal officials have issued stay at home orders, closures of non-essential businesses and enacted additional measures to help flatten the curve. These actions give us great pause about holding a mass participation event in June.

Less than 11 weeks remain until Governor’s Cup weekend. Our staff continues gathering as much information as possible on the viability of holding our race as scheduled. We hold out hope that we will be able to welcome everyone to Helena and celebrate our 47th Governor’s Cup in Montana’s capital. But, we must also prepare knowing we may need to cancel. The health and safety of not only our runners, but the community of Helena, is our top priority.

In our effort to keep our running family informed, here is the Governor’s Cup plan for moving forward in these uncertain times.

TIMELINE FOR A DECISION
Race officials will decide the status of this year’s Governor’s Cup by April 16. Pandemic developments may cause us to decide sooner, but a decision on cancellation will be made by April 16. We want to make sure runners have plenty of advanced notice in the event the race is canceled.

WHY CANCEL INSTEAD OF POSTPONE
There are only a certain number of dates available in the fall, and the race calendar is already full. There wasn’t an available date that logistically worked for all our race partners.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR POTENTIAL RUNNERS
Governor’s Cup registration fees don’t increase until June 1, giving runners time to wait for a decision on the race’s status. We encourage potential runners to pause and wait until after April 16 to register.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR REGISTERED RUNNERS
Currently, there is nothing our registered runners need to do. We are evaluating options for our runners in the event we need to cancel the Governor’s Cup.

THANK YOU
We appreciate your patience and understanding right now. Continue washing your hands, getting solo runs in when you can, and checking in on your family and friends during this difficult time.

Continue to check www.govcupmt.com, as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, for more information. If you have a question, please feel free to reach out to Race Director Bryan Haines at bryan_haines@bcbsmt.com.


March 25, 2020

The Governor’s Cup staff would like to take some time and provide information to help put runners’ minds at ease a little bit regarding registration rates, while also letting everyone know our current race status.

  • Although race registration remains open, there will not be a price increase in any of our races until June 1. This was the case prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we wanted to remind everyone about that important point. In these uncertain times, we want to be sure runners know they have time to decide on their race schedule.
  • Governor’s Cup race preparations continue, and the race is still scheduled to be held on June 12-13 in Helena. However, we are continually assessing our race planning options. The health and safety of our runners, as well as their friends, family members and the community of Helena, is our top priority.
  • Governor’s Cup staff encourages everyone to try and remain active during this time of social distancing. Regular exercise is not only important physically, but it is also beneficial to your mental health. Click here for a Runner’s World article on making the best of solo runs.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and hot water. I enjoy singing the Macarena chorus to make sure I get to 20 seconds. My family, on the other hand, would prefer a different song.

Continue to check www.govcupmt.com, as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, for more information. If you have a question, please feel free to reach out to Race Director Bryan Haines at bryan_haines@bcbsmt.com.


March 16, 2020

The Governor’s Cup staff is currently monitoring the constant developments with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our thoughts are with those affected by the pandemic.

As of today, March 16, the Governor’s Cup is still scheduled to be held on June 12-13 in Helena. Race staff will continue to monitor pandemic developments, as well as take into account Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state recommendations and guidelines. The health and safety of our runners, as well as their friends, family members and the community of Helena, is our top priority.

Governor’s Cup staff will provide updates to our running family. In the meantime, if you have a question, please feel free to contact us.

We are running along an uncharted course, and everyone at the Governor’s Cup appreciates your patience and understanding during this uncertain time.

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What You Can Do Now

  • Wash your hands and practice good hygiene habits.
  • Please practice social distancing. We need to help flatten the curve.
  • Be sure to stay active and fit. Maintaining a fitness regimen can help keep us healthy, both physically and mentally. Get out there and run, but please do take precautions to stay safe and healthy.


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