Governor’s Cup Half Marathon

The Governor’s Cup Marathon Relay

The marathon relay will start at 6 a.m. and will follow the marathon course from Jefferson City to Helena with exchange zones located conveniently to allow teams to easily navigate between exchange zones using a single vehicle.

Relay Breakdown

Each team’s No. 1 runner will take a marathon bus to the start. All other runners will travel to the first exchange in Jefferson City using the team car (one car allowed per team). From that point, teams will shuttle runners to and from each exchange zone until they arrive at the finish. For safety reasons, team cars are required to travel between exchanges using Interstate 15, which runs adjacent to the course on Highway 282. Teams using Highway 282 will be disqualified. This will keep our runners safe and allow teams to arrive at each exchange zone in an efficient manner. Please use the interactive map below to become familiar with the course and individual legs.

  • Leg 1: Marathon start to Jefferson City (Runner must take marathon bus to the start)
    • About 8 miles, gentle downhill with a moderate climb from miles 3 to 5.5
  • Leg 2: Jefferson City to Clancy
    • About 6 miles, gentle downhill with no hills
  • Leg 3: Clancy to Montana City
    • About 6 miles, rolling hills with two substantial climbs – one midway through the leg and the other toward the end
  • Leg 4: Montana City to Helena
    • About 7 miles, rolling hills with two substantial climbs – one at the start of the leg and the second midway through mile 5

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Open Divisions (four runners required)

  • Men’s (can include 1 woman) | Women’s | Coed (at least 2 women)

Master’s Divisions (four runners required, all runners age 40 and older)

  • Men’s (can include 1 woman) | Women’s | Coed (at least 2 women)

Registration Cost

Nov. 1 – May 31: $120

Packet Pickup

Friday, June 9: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown.

Starting Time

The marathon relay starts at 6 a.m. on Wickes Road, roughly three miles southwest of Jefferson City.

Bus Schedule

Bus loading begins at 4:15 a.m. and buses will leave promptly at 4:45 a.m. Write your bib 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.

Course Information

Starting Line-Up: All participants are asked to line up according to their anticipated finish 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 marathon course.

Water Stations: Water stations are available every three miles. Hammer Nutrition Heed sports drink and Hammer Gel will also be available.

Important Rules

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 taking longer than six hours. Aid stations, traffic control, volunteers, etc. will relinquish their posts based upon the six-hour time window.