Champions

Below is a list of Governor’s Cup champions, dating back to the first event in 1974. For more than 40 years, Montanans and many others have celebrated fun and fitness through running and walking at the annual event in the Treasure State’s capital city. Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana and made possible by many other businesses and individuals in the Helena community, the Governor’s Cup remains unique in its composition of races designed for the young and old, elite and recreational.

2017

Men

Marathon: Mark Messmer, Missoula, 2:33:46

Half Marathon: Silas Talbot, Bozeman, 1:14:44

10K: Sam Read, Bozeman, 33:46

5K: Ismael Arsola, Lemmon, SD, 16:34

Women

Marathon: Jenny Wolfe, Bozeman, 3:16:31

Half Marathon: Keely West, Great Falls, 1:23:02

10K: Julie Ackerlund, Helena, 44:13

5K: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 17:45

Marathon Relay

Men’s Open: Chafing the Dream, Clancy, 4:20:20

Men’s Masters: Montana City Fitness, Clancy, 3:38:46

Women’s Open: More Fun Than A Full, Helena, 3:06:43

Coed: Worst Pace Scenario, Helena, 3:29:14

2016

Men

Marathon: Jason Delaney, Polson, 2:35:26

Half Marathon: Bryce Thomas, Helena, 1:27:15

10K: Daniel Jackson, Bozeman, 34:04

5K: Daniel Jackson, Bozeman, 16:33

Women

Marathon: Mary Owen, Billings, 3:01:04

Half Marathon: Cynthia Arnold, Polson, 1:25:06

10K: Katrina Fehr, Missoula, 39:49

5K: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 17:34

2015

Men

Marathon: Mike Knutson, Baker City, Ore., 2:34:17

Half Marathon: Collin Fehr, Missoula, 1:10:08 (record)

10K: Dontae Baker, Helena, 35:33

5K: Matthew Choquette, Butte, 16:49

Women

Marathon: Sarah Hallas, Santa Rosa, Calif., 2:57:15

Half Marathon: Marilee Woyth, Great Falls, 1:31:52

10K: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 35:24 (record)

5K: Nicole Hunt, Warm Springs, 18:24

2014

Men

Marathon: Collin Fehr, Missoula, 2:33:41

Half Marathon: Jim Walmsley, Black Eagle, 1:10:48

10K: Jacob Bradosky, Great Falls, 34:13

5K: Jim Walmsley, Black Eagle, 16:19

Women

Marathon: Mary Owen, Billings, 3:07:19

Half Marathon: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 1:17:25 (record)

10K: Lindsey Hintz, Bozeman, 39:51

5K: Nicole Hunt, Warm Springs, 18:53

2013

Men

Marathon: Christian Heck, Bozeman, 2:48:52

Half Marathon: Bryan Johnson, Helena, 1:23:12

10K: Aidan Reed, Helena, 35:28

5K: Lyle Pocha, Helena, 16:05

Women

Marathon: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 2:45:59 (record)

Half Marathon: Mandy Fellenz, Helena, 1:33:49

10K: Sarah Kjorstad, Helena, 39:31

5K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 18:47

2012

Men

Half Marathon: Collin Fehr, Missoula, 1:13:11

10K: Jacob Bradosky, Great Falls, 33:40

5K: Jacob Bradosky, Great Falls, 16:09

Women

Half Marathon: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 1:20:29

10K: Katrina Drennen, Missoula, 39:15

5K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 19:08

2011

Men

Half Marathon: Devin Cowan, Helena, 1:16:55

10K: Patrick Judge, Helena, 34:37

5K: Jacob Bradosky, Great Falls, 15:49

Women

Half Marathon: Michele Bazzanella, Butte, 1:31:00

10K: Lisa Minnehan, Billings, 39:59

5K: Lisa Minnehan, Billings, 19:38

2010

Men

10K: Thomas Jodoin, Helena, 33:17

5K: Thomas Jodoin, Helena, 16:29

Women

10K: Genevieve Hanson, Helena, 38:50

5K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 18:01

2009

Men

10K: Thomas Jodoin, Helena, 32:53

5K: Michael Fisher, Ronan, 16:04

Women

10K: Genevieve Hanson, Helena, 40:38

5K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 19:00

2008

Men

Marathon: Brian Glass, Normal, IL, 2:37:44

Half Marathon: Everett Whiteside, Pensacola, FL, 1:18:11

10K: John Ricardi, Pocatello, ID, 33:20

5K: John Ricardi, Pocatello, ID, 16:11

Women

Marathon: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 3:00:10

Half Marathon: Dani Salois-Shahan, Bozeman, 1:24:44

10K: Holly Walker, Bozeman, 40:17

5K: Lois Ricardi, Pocatello, ID, 18:18

2007

Men

Marathon: Scott Creel, Bozeman, 2:34:17

Half Marathon: Brad Dolesh, Bozeman, 1:18:57

10K: Greg Wirth, Helena, 35:10

5K: Michael Fisher, Ronan, 16:49

Women

Marathon: Heather Lieberg, Helena, 3:07:49

Half Marathon: Nikki Kimball, Bozeman, 1:28:05

10K: Holly Walker, Bozeman, 41:43

5K: Vaia Errett, Whitehall, 20:09

2006

Men

Marathon: Mark Tarr, Columbia Falls, 2:52:05

Half Marathon: Brian Wieck, Helena, 1:22:03

10K: Greg Wirth, Helena, 33:10

5K: Kurt Michels, Kalispell, 15:50

Women

Marathon: Marie Boyd, Missoula, 3:08:05

Half Marathon: Dani Salois-Shahan, Bozeman, 1:24:22

10K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 37:45

5K: Jennifer Thomas, Helena, 20:08

2005

Men

Marathon: Dan Campbell, Bozeman, 2:55:23

Half Marathon: Justin Easter, Bozeman, 1:11:33

10K: Josh Ricardi, Gardiner, 32:56

5K: Josh Ricardi, Gardiner, 16:03

Women

Marathon: Jamie Schuster, Plains, 3:11:04

Half Marathon: Dani Salois-Shahan, Bozeman, 1:21:55

10K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 36:10

5K: Lois Ricardi, Gardiner, 19:44

2004

Men

Marathon: Christopher Tobiason, Missoula, 2:44:22

Half Marathon: Jeb Myers, Browning, 1:15:06

10K: Steve Weber, Helena, 35:42

5K: Matt Nelson, Colstrip, 15:36

Women

Marathon: Michelle Flenniken, Bozeman, 3:25:37

Half Marathon: Kathy Peterson, Dillon, 1:32:37

10K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 40:47

5K: Ann Sorenson, Bozeman, 18:54

2003

Men

Marathon: Brett Riley, Houston, TX, 2:41:00

Half Marathon: Jeb Myers, Browning, 1:16:27

10K: Josh Ricardi, Gardiner, 32:51

5K: Matt Nelson, Colstrip, 15:48

Women

Marathon: Kara Neil, Bozeman, 3:16:49

Half Marathon: Kathy Aragon, Billings, 1:26:39

10K: Dani Salois-Shahan, Bozeman, 38:37

5K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 17:11 (record)

2002

Men

Marathon: Mark Tarr, Columbia Falls, 2:56:16

Half Marathon: Jeb Myers, Browning, 1:14:53

10K: Vance Twitchell, Helena, 33:06

5K: Kurt Michels, Kalispell, 15:51

Women

Marathon: Valor Hopes, Missoula, 3:00:20

Half Marathon: Kathy Aragon, Billings, 1:28:10

10K: Holly Walker, Bozeman, 40:24

5K: Mariann Foster, Lodge Grass, 18:34

2001

Men

Marathon: Harry Johnson, Bozeman, 2:45:31

Half Marathon: Rich Hanna, Sacramento, CA, 1:13:05

10K: Scott Creel, Bozeman, 33:35

5K: Kurt Michels, Kalispell, 16:09

Women

Marathon: Jennifer White, Bozeman, 3:08:14

Half Marathon: Kathy Aragon, Billings, 1:25:22

10K: Dani Salois-Shahan, Bozeman, 39:00

5K: Sabrina Monro, Clancy, 17:28

2000

Men

Marathon: Harry Johnson, Bozeman, 2:43:13

Half Marathon: Dave Houck, Missoula, 1:18:15

10K: Greg Wirth, Helena, 34:05

5K: Ray Hunt, Deer Lodge, 16:10

Women

Marathon: Dani Salois-Shahan, Bozeman, 3:21:53

Half Marathon: Kathy Aragon, Billings, 1:24:54

10K: Emily Nay, Helena, 38:18

5K: Nicole Hunt, Deer Lodge, 17:13

1999

Men

Marathon: Pat Judge, Helena, 2:40:22

20K: Brian Wieck, Foundation Hills, AZ, 1:15:43

10K: Monte Still, Bozeman, 33:38

5K: Josh Ricardi, Gardiner, 16:59

Women

Marathon: Maura Gonsior, Silver City, NM, 3:17:10

20K: Kitty Marcroft, Hailey, ID, 1:19:46

10K: Holly Stanish (Walker), Bozeman, 38:36

5K: J. Phillips, Bozeman, 19:49

1998

Men

Marathon: Richard Hooper, Westtown, PA, 2:59:46

20K: Louie Van Duzer, Columbia Falls, 1:11:00

10K: Lyle Weese, Dillon, 35:44

5K: Jesse Zentz, Missoula, 16:00

Women

Marathon: Megan Holden, NY, 3:08:03

20K: Kathy Aragon, Billings, 1:21:29

10K: Sabrina Monro, Clancy, 38:23

5K: Nicole Hunt, Bozeman, 17:25

1997

Men

Marathon: Mark Heaphy, Missoula, 2:44:00

20K: Pat Judge, Helena, 1:09:00

10K: Gary O’Donnell, Bozeman, 34:07

5K: Tony Banovich, Billings, 15:55

Women

Marathon: Joan Jilka, Broadus, 3:04:51

20K: Nicole Murray (Hunt), Bozeman, 1:16:00 (record)

10K: Kiersten Black, Bozeman, 40:22

5K: Kitty Marcroft, Hailey, ID, 18:39

1996

Men

Marathon: Jerry Rief, Cheyenne, WY, 2:40:43

20K: Ray Matteson, Butte, 1:13:11

10K: Tony Banovich, Billings, 34:39

5K: Ray Hunt, Warm Springs, 16:17

Women

Marathon: Joan Jilka, Broadus, 3:02:57

20K: Karen Sanford-Gall, Billings, 1:16:30

10K: Rene Coppock, Billings, 39:17

5K: Nicole Murray (Hunt), Warm Springs, 18:14

1995

Men

Marathon: Dave Coppock, Billings, 2:43:20

20K: Val Murray, Missoula, 1:09:25

10K: Willy Hicks, Bozeman, 35:21

5K: Josh Pallister, Clancy, 16:05

Women

Marathon: Joan Jilka, Broadus, 3:07:12

20K: Rene Coppock, Billings, 1:17:26

10K: Karen Sanford-Gall, Billings, 38:29

5K: Laurie Adams Sax, Missoula, 18:54

1994

Men

Marathon: Tony Banovich, Billings, 2:37:03

20K: Val Murray, Missoula, 1:09:43

10K: Adam Herr, Bozeman, 32:12

5K: Adam Herr, Bozeman, 15:47

Women

Marathon: Marni Ryti, Newport Beach, CA, 3:18:35

20K: Karen Sanford-Gall, Billings, 1:21:15

10K: Rene Coppock, Billings, 39:09

5K: A. Hamik, Missoula, 19:40

1993

Men

Marathon: Roberts Sowers, Huson, 2:41:01

20K: Keifer Hahn, Missoula, 1:08:24

10K: Pat Judge, Helena, 33:10

5K: Tony Banovich, Billings, 15:22

Women

Marathon: Kathy Easley, Billings, 3:13:49

20K: Anne Seifert, Helena, 1:20:13

10K: Karen Sanford-Gall, Billings, 37:10

5K: Tracy Clinch (Chisolm), Helena, 17:53

1992

Men

Marathon: Dave Coppock, Billings, 2:43:13

20K: Tony Banovich, Billings, 1:06:21

10K: Troy Kinnunen-Skidmore, Bozeman, 35:56

5K: Clint Morrison, Missoula, 15:08

Women

Marathon: Kathy Easley, Billings, 3:09:11

20K: Becky Clairmont, Billings, 1:19:24

10K: Nicole Murray (Hunt), Missoula, 39:53

5K: Emily Nay, Helena, 18:47

1991

Men

Marathon: Matt Rothermel, Plains, 2:24:10

20K: Bill Brist, Bozeman, 1:07:30

10K: David Morris, Eagle River, AK, 30:49 (record)

5K: Gerard Ostheimer, Bozeman, 15:11

Women

Marathon: Karen Sanford-Gall, Billings, 2:53:29

20K: Becky Clairmont, Billings, 1:22:33

10K: Debbie Magilke, Billings, 38:19

5K: Debbie Magilke, Billings, 18:08

1990

Men

Marathon: Dave Coppock, Billings, 2:29:26

20K: B. Anthonline, Greendale, WI, 1:09:09

10K: Ray Hunt, Whitehall, 32:40

5K: Steve Simpson, Helena, 15:52

Women

Marathon: Kathy Easley, Billings, 3:10:52

20K: Becky Clairmont, Billings, 1:18:47

10K: Debbie Magilke, Billings, 38:10

5K: Karen Sanford-Gall, Billings, 17:43

1989

Men

Marathon: Matt Rothermel, Bozeman, 2:25:21

20K: Tom Raunig, Bozeman, 1:01:33 (record)

10K: Mike Lynes, Camas, WA, 32:43

5K: Bob Boland, Great Falls, 15:53

Women

Marathon: Sue Vogel, Billings, 3:10:59

20K: S. Stetler, Missoula, 1:26:08

10K: Edie Van Buskirk, Missoula, 40:20

5K:  Lauri Sax (Adams), Pocatello, Id, 18:20

1988

Men

Marathon: Dave Coppock, Billings, 2:38:48

20K: Kenneth Mcchesney, Missoula, 1:09:56

10K: David Knoop, Salt Lake City, 32:15

5K: Shannon Butler, Eureka, 14:47 (record)

Women

Marathon: Bobbie Dixon, Helena, 3:21:47

20K: Debbie Magilke, Billings, 1:18:47

10K: Jen Foster, Livingston, 40:28

5K: Joan Downey, Butte, 19:03

1987

Men

Marathon: Dave Coppock, Billings, 2:32:31

20K: Mike Lynes, Camas, WA, 1:08:22

10K: Bill Brist, Kalispell, 32:44

5K: Steve Simpson, Helena, 15:19

Women

Marathon: Bobbie Dixon, Helena, 3:17:01

20K: Diedre Eitel, Missoula, 1:19:22

10K: Missy Orr, Bozeman, 40:58

5K: S. Kennedy, Glendive, 19:16

1986

Men

Marathon: Matt Rothermel, Missoula, 2:22:30

20K: Daug Darko, Great Falls, 1:06:24

10K: Kirk Keller, Gallatin Gateway, 32:40.1

5K: Bill Brist, Kalispell, 15:32

Women

Marathon: Molly Tritle, WA, 3:05:42

20K: Mariah Teitsch, Bozeman, 1:18.03

10K: Debbie Magilke, Billings, 37:50

5K: Heidi Valentine, Bozeman, 19:03

1985

Men

Marathon: Matt Rothermel, Missoula, 2:24:07

20K: Doug Darko, Great Falls, 1:03:04

10K: Kirk Keller, Billings, 31:17

5K: Bill Brist, Kalispell, 15:16

Women

Marathon: June Freedman, Bozeman, 3:08:53

20K: Ann Danzer, Helena, 1:18:37

10K: Debbie Magilke, Billings, 37:46

5K: Kathy Gibson, Bozeman, 19:15

1984

Men

Marathon: Jim Hatcher, Helena, 2:22:00

20K: Doug Darko, Great Falls, 1:05:05

10K: Kirk Keller, Bozeman; Bill Brist, Kalispell, 32:21

5K: Stan Zezotarksi, Helena, 16:01

Women

Marathon: Chris Keene, Billings, 3:06:17

20K: Bridgette Marting, Colorado Springs, CO, 1:22:03

10K: Kathie Roos, Helena, 40:50

5K: Brenda Wiklund, Great Falls, 18:21

1983

Men

Marathon: Jim Hatcher, Helena, 2:21:59

20K: Gian Starinieri, Canoga, CA, 1:04:17

10K: Kirk Keller, Bozeman, 31:24

5K: Jeff Clem, Bozeman, 14:49

Women

Marathon: Debbie Raunig, Missoula, 2:54:10

20K: Ellen Markarewicz, Kansas City, MO, 1:16:14

10K: Kathy Jarvis, Havre, 39:01

5K: Kathy Gibson, Bozeman, 19:13

1982

Men

Marathon: Jim Hatcher, Helena, 2:20:35 (record)

20K: M. Doner, St. Paul, MN, 1:09:19

10K: Kirk Keller, Bozeman, 31:36

5K: Dave Phelps Jr., Great Falls, 15:08

Women

Marathon: Ann Danzer, Helena, 2:53:38

20K: Jacqui Flores, Great Falls, 1:26:34

10K: Lauri Sax (Adams), Bozeman, 38:36

5K: Kathy Gibson, Bozeman, 19:38

1981

Men

Marathon: Stan Zezotarski, Helena, 2:29:33

20K: Scott Descheemaeker, Bozeman, 1:05:55

10K: Tony Banovich, Butte, 35:54

5K: Mike Houlihan, Bozeman, 15:16

Women

Marathon: Ann Danzer, Helena, 2:56:26

20K: Cheryl Johnson, Helena, 1:16:42

10K: Chris Hoth, Billings, 40:11

5K: Lynn Creek, Bozeman, 18:22

1980

Men

Marathon: Stan Zezotarski, Helena, 2:24:55

20K: Scott Descheemaeker, Bozeman, 1:05:53

10K: Steve Bishop, Bozeman, 31:17

5K: Chuck Fred, Helena; Scott Browning, Missoula, 15:40

Women

Marathon: Jennifer Tuthill, Bozeman, 2:58:34

20K: Bridgette Baker, Missoula, 1:18:38

10K: Lauri Adams, Helena, 37:43

5K: Kathy Gibson, Bozeman, 19:57

1979

Men

Marathon: Cyle Wold, Helena, 2:29:39

20K: Drake Dornfield, Billings, 1:05:19

10K: Doug Darko, Great Falls, 34:44

5K: Chuck Fred, Helena, 16:40

Women

Marathon: Donna Dearborn, Bozeman, 3:12:56

20K: Bridgette Baker, Missoula, 1:24:26

10K: Shelley Thompson, Helena, 40:09

5K: Karen Gibson, Bozeman, 20:27

1978

Men

Marathon: Bill Hess, Deer Lodge, 2:36:25

Half Marathon: Orville Hess, Ennis, 1:10:45

7 Miles: Jason Emmons, 36:46

3 Miles: Phillip Dupaul, 17:32

Women

Marathon: Chris Shultis, Billings, 3:06:33

Half Marathon: Marti McCracken, Whitefish, 1:35:12

7 Miles: Lauri Adams, Helena, 45:29

3 Miles: Karen Gibson, Bozeman, 22:11

1977

Men

Marathon: Orville Hess, Ennis, 2:34:27

7 Miles: Stan Zezotarski, Helena, 39:07

3 Miles: Bart Holt, Lolo, 15:39

Women

Marathon: Yvonne Reimer, Lander, WY, 3:34:00

7 Miles: Debbie Raunig, Havre, 52:58

3 Miles: Kathy Gibson, Bozeman, 21:10

1976 (Helena)

Men

Marathon: Terry Ziegler, Billings, 2:27:32

13 Miles: Branch Brady, Great Falls, 1:13:32

7 Miles: Brad Burnett, Billings, 39:34

3 Miles: Lyndon Meeks, Great Falls, 15:27

Women

Marathon: Cheryl Johnson, Clancy, 4:39:34

13 Miles: Martha McCafferty, N/A, 1:45:16

7 Miles: Kathy Estes, Philipsburg, 50:37

3 Miles: Debbie Raunig, Havre, 20:22

1975 (Missoula)

Men

Marathon: John Duffield, 2:56:46

13 Miles: John Hays, Missoula, 1:13:16

7 Miles: Dave McDougall, Butte, 38:29

3 Miles: Bart Holt, Lolo, 16:42

Women

No Women’s Division.

1974 (Bozeman)

Men

Marathon: Ian Christopherson, Missoula, 2:49:00

13 Miles: Bill Lannon, Helena, 1:19:16

7 Miles: Tom Faulkner, Helena, 44:31

3 Miles: Dan Pelletier, Helena, 16:29

Women

No Women’s Division.