Half Marathon

The 2018 Governor’s Cup Half Marathon will be run at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

The Governor’s Cup half marathon is charting a new course in 2018. 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. Click here to view an elevation profile and a course map.

Half Marathon Information

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• USATF certified course.
• Participants will be electronically timed by Competitive Timing.
• Men’s Event Record: 1:10:08, Collin Fehr, Missoula, 2015
• Women’s Event Record: 1:17:25, Heather Lieberg, Helena, 2014
• 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 completion time.
• Click here to view an elevation profile and a course map. 

Half Marathon Pricing

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2018 Registration Fee Schedule

  • 11/1/2017-12/31/2017: $45 (kickoff)
  • 1/1/2-18-2/28/2018: $60 (early bird)
  • 3/1/2018-5/31/2018: $70 (regular)
  • 6/1/2018-6/8/2018: $80 (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, T-shirt and gear bag.

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

Marathon/Half Marathon Race bags for out-of-town runners who are unable to pick up their packets on Friday will be available near the buses. NOTE: Race bags for in-area marathon/half marathon runners will not be available Saturday morning.

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.
• 5K − 10 a.m.
 Kids Marathon and Fun Run – 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Centennial Park

Participant Goodies

All half marathon participants will receive

• Governor’s Cup Half Marathon Participant Shirt
• Goodie Bag with product samples, coupons and race information.

All half marathon finishers will receive

• Finisher’s Medal
• Online Printable Finisher’s Certificate


• 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. Hammer Nutrition Heed sports drink and Hammer Gel will also be available. We highly encourage all participants to hydrate before, during, and after the race.

Marathon/Half Marathon Bus Schedule

Park Avenue Building  (next to the library near the finish) 301 S Park Ave Helena

Bus loading begins at 5:15 a.m. and buses will leave promptly at 5:45 a.m.  Please write your name and phone number on the gear bag provided at packet pickup. Bags will be returned to the finish area near the bandshell located in Pioneer Park and must be picked up by 2 p.m.  Bags will not be mailed.

Marathon and Half Marathon Parking

Park Avenue Building (behind the library near the finish line) 301 S Park

Other Parking

Parking garages and lots are located throughout downtown Helena. For a map of parking areas in downtown Helena: click here