The 2017 Governor’s Cup Marathon will be run at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 10.

The Governor’s Cup marathon course is a USATF certified Boston Marathon qualifier and is home to the second-fastest men’s and fastest women’s times ever posted on Montana soil – 2:20:35 by Helena’s Jim Hatcher in 1982 and 2:45:59 by Helena’s Heather Lieberg in 2013. The course begins in the ghost town of Marysville and at 5,293 feet of elevation and descends into the rural Helena valley, before finishing up historic Last Chance Gulch. The course features an elevation loss of 1,926 feet and an elevation gain of 760 feet for a total net loss of 1,166 feet. For more detail, view a PDF of the course map or view an interactive map with the elevation profile. Many former participants say it’s a good representation of what a runner will experience at the Boston Marathon. If you can qualify for Boston in Helena, you’ll be setting yourself up for a solid performance in Beantown.

Marathon Information

Sign Up

• Course certified by USATF in 2013.

• 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.

• Starts in Marysville and finishes on the Walking Mall in historic Downtown Helena.

• Course features a total elevation drop of more than 1,000 feet from start to finish.

• Download course maps here or view a map with elevation information here.

• 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.

Marathon Pricing

Sign Up

2017 Registration Fee Schedule

  • 8/1/2016-11/30/2016: $60 (kick-off special)
  • 12/1/2016-2/28/2017: $70 (early bird)
  • 3/1/2017-6/8/2017: $90 (regular)
  • 6/9/2017: $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 and T-shirt.

Friday, June 9

10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1200 N Last Chance Gulch – Next to the Helena YMCA

Saturday, June 10 – 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 − 6 a.m. (participants must take bus to start; course closes at noon)

• 10K − 7 a.m.

• 5K − 9 a.m.

Kids Marathon and Fun Run − 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Centennial Park

Participant Goodies

All marathon participants will receive

• Governor’s Cup Marathon Participant Shirt (Technical Wicking 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  − 10 a.m. at Anchor Park. NOTE: Awards will not be mailed.

• Break a Governor’s Cup record and win and additional $100!

• Award categories for the 2017 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. Drop Off Bags will be provided on the bus.  Please write your name and phone number on the tear tab of your bib and attach it to your bag.  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