The 2018 Governor’s Cup 5K will be run at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

The Governor’s Cup 5K course starts in downtown Helena near the Holter Museum on Cruse Avenue and finishes on the Capital City’s historic Last Chance Gulch, where gold was first discovered in 1864. The challenging course features stunning views of Mount Helena, the State Capitol and other historic sites in the Capital City.

5K Information

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• Participants will be electronically timed by Competitive Timing.
• Men’s Event Record: 14:47, Shannon Butler, Eureka, 1988
• Women’s Event Record: 17:12, Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 2003
• Dogs, bicycles, skateboards, and roller blades are not allowed on the courses. Watch for vehicles on the road at all times.
• Starts in downtown Helena near the Holter Museum on Cruse Avenue and finishes on the Walking Mall in historic Downtown Helena.
• Click here to download a course map. 

5K Pricing

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2018 Registration Fee Schedule

  • 11/1/2017-12/31/2017: $15 (kickoff)
  • 1/1/2-18-2/28/2018: $20 (early bird)
  • 3/1/2018-5/31/2018: $25 (regular)
  • 6/1/2018-6/8/2018: $30 (late)

There are no refunds for cancellation. Registration will not be available on race day. Packets cannot be mailed to participants.

Packet Pickup

Race packet includes timing bib and T-shirt.

Friday, June 8

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hotel Helena, 22 N Last Chance Gulch (formerly Holiday Inn)

Saturday, June 9 – Non-area residents only

5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Site TBA.  Parking is limited in the downtown area as well as along the race course.

Start Times

• Marathon − 6 a.m. (participants must take bus to start; course closes at noon)
 Half Marathon − 7 a.m. (participants must take bus to start; course closes at noon)
• 10K − 8 a.m., Holter Museum
• 5K − 10 a.m., Holter Museum.
 Kids Marathon and Fun Run – 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Centennial Park

Participant Goodies

All 10K participants will receive

• Governor’s Cup Participant Shirt
• Timing Bib


• Awards Ceremony  − 11 a.m., Anchor Park. NOTE: Awards will not be mailed.
• Break a Governor’s Cup record and win and additional $100!
• Award categories for the 2018 Governor’s Cup are as follows for men and women with a total prize purse of $5,320. Top-three placers in the below three categories will receive specific medals along with a monetary award (detailed below) in the form of a Visa gift card.

  • Overall
    • First place, $100
    • Second place, $75
    • Third place, $50
  • Masters (40+)
    • First place, $50
    • Second place, $30
    • Third place, $20
  • Seniors (50+)
    • First place, $50
    • Second place, $30
    • Third place, $20
  • Total (x2) + record bonuses = 1,050

Participant Information

Starting Line-Up

All participants are asked to line up according to their anticipated finishing times. Please be considerate of your fellow runners: Slower runners, walkers, and baby stroller participants please start toward the end of the line to allow elite racers a smooth start.


Portable restrooms will be located every 3 miles on the marathon and half marathon courses, frequently on all other races, and at the start and finish lines.

Water Stations

Water stations are available every three miles along the marathon and half marathon and frequently along all other courses. We highly encourage all participants to hydrate before, during, and after the race.