The Governor’s Cup half marathon charted a new course in 2018, and is returning to the rolling hills south of Helena in 2019. The 13.1-mile journey starts in Clancy and joins up with the marathon route less than a mile into the race. Runners will encounter a demanding hill section at Miles 3 to 7, and will face the aptly named Cardiac Hill at the start of Mile 11. Participants looking for a beautiful setting and a challenge will arrive at the finish line satisfied and hungry for more. The net elevation loss is 162 feet (4,272 to 4,110) and the cumulative elevation gain throughout the race is 638 feet.
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Friday, June 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd.
Saturday, June 8: 5:15-5:45 a.m. for non-area residents only at marathon bus pickup.
The half marathon starts at 7 a.m., in front of Clancy Public Schools in Clancy.
Bus loading begins at 5:15 a.m. and buses will leave promptly at 5:45 a.m. Write your name and phone number on the gear bag provided at packet pickup. Bags will be returned to the finish area and must be picked up by 1 p.m.
Starting Line-Up: All participants are asked to line up according to their anticipated finishing times. Slower runners, please start toward the end of the line to allow elite racers a smooth start.
Facilities: Portable restrooms will be located at the start, finish and every 3 miles on the half marathon course.
Water Stations: Water stations are available every three miles. Hammer Nutrition Heed sports drink and Hammer Gel will also be available.
Dogs, bicycles, skateboards, and roller blades are not allowed on the courses. Watch for vehicles on the road at all times.
Baby joggers are allowed, but please be advised that all participants are required to take a bus to the start and we ask that participants using a jogger start toward the back.
There will be no official time for anyone finishing after 12 p.m. Aid stations, traffic control, volunteers, etc. will relinquish their posts at that time.