The 2018 Governor’s Cup Marathon will be run at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

The Governor’s Cup marathon is charting a new course in 2018. The point-to-point 26.2-mile adventure – a USATF certified Boston Qualifier – starts about 3 miles southwest of Jefferson City near the mining Ghost Town of Wickes, and features a moderate downhill start in a beautiful rural setting. Runners will encounter a demanding section of hills from Miles 16 to 20, and will face the aptly named Cardiac Hill at the start of Mile 24. This marathon isn’t your run-of-the mill course designed to make qualifying for Boston easy, but if you lock up a qualifier here, you certainly will be set up to run extremely well in Beantown or wherever your running takes you next. If you can handle Cardiac Hill, Heartbreak Hill shouldn’t scare you. The net elevation loss is 850 feet (4,960 to 4,110) and the cumulative elevation gain throughout the race is 944 feet. Click here to view an elevation profile and a course map.

Marathon Information

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• Course certified by USATF.
• Boston Marathon qualifier.
• Participants will be electronically timed by Competitive Timing.
• Men’s Event Record: 2:20:35, Jim Hatcher, Helena, 1982
• Women’s Event Record: 2:45:59, Heather Lieberg, Helena, 2013
• 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.

Marathon Pricing

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2018 Registration Fee Schedule

  • 11/1/2017-12/31/2017: $60 (kickoff)
  • 1/1/2-18-2/28/2018: $75 (early bird)
  • 3/1/2018-5/31/2018: $90 (regular)
  • 6/1/2018-6/8/2018: $100 (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 DoubleTree, 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 marathon participants will receive

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

All 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. All marathon finishers runners will receive a commemorative medal and 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
    • Champions, Governor’s Cup trophy and $500
    • Second place, $100
    • Third place, $75
  • Masters (40+)
    • First place, $75
    • Second place, $50
    • Third place, $30
  • Seniors (50+)
    • First place, $75
    • Second place, $50
    • Third place, $30
  • Total (x2) + record bonuses = $2,170

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, 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 4:15 a.m. and buses will leave promptly at 4:45 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