Overall Rating
Overall Rating (31 Reviews)
4.4
(31 Ratings)  (31 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.6
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.1
Established in 1974, the the Governor’s Cup caters to families, recreational runners and elite athletes looking for a great way to celebrate the benefits of a health lifestyle in Helena, Montana. Staged in the picturesque backdrop of the Treasure State’s capital city and its surrounding countryside, the Governor’s Cup features … MORE
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    evabela REPEAT RUNNER '24

    This is a wonderful community event! The races are well organized and it’s clear how much work is put into making this event such a success! This event is welcoming … MORE

    This is a wonderful community event! The races are well organized and it’s clear how much work is put into making this event such a success! This event is welcoming to runners of all levels! The amount of community participation from both local businesses and those cheering you on along the way makes this event even more special! This event is so much fun and it’s one to do every year!

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    3
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    5
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    3
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    5

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    jess FIRST-TIMER '24

    As a half marathon race director myself, this race was fantastic. The course was mapped out well, plenty of aid stations, and happy and helpful volunteers! The hills were challenging, … MORE

    As a half marathon race director myself, this race was fantastic. The course was mapped out well, plenty of aid stations, and happy and helpful volunteers! The hills were challenging, but that only makes us stronger. I highly recommend this race. I even know several people that set a PR on this tough course. It’s possible!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    Jennellday REPEAT RUNNER '24

    This race is designed for your competitive runner to a family that just wants to get out and do something active together. It is always ran very well, beautiful scenery … MORE

    This race is designed for your competitive runner to a family that just wants to get out and do something active together. It is always ran very well, beautiful scenery and great community support.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    Lryerson REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Everything about the race is well orchestrated. The scenery is pristine, the aide stations are abundant, and the energy is top tier. If you are looking for a race to … MORE

    Everything about the race is well orchestrated. The scenery is pristine, the aide stations are abundant, and the energy is top tier. If you are looking for a race to kick-off the summer, the Gov. Cup is the one to do.

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    3
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    semodlin FIRST-TIMER '24

    I thought that the 50th anniversary of this race would be huge and spectacular, but I was kinda let down. Despite Helena being the state capital of MT, I was … MORE

    I thought that the 50th anniversary of this race would be huge and spectacular, but I was kinda let down. Despite Helena being the state capital of MT, I was surprised that there weren’t many runners.

    We started at 6:00 am in Jefferson City (middle of nowhere), and that’s main the downhill portion of the race. At mile 3, we ran out-and-back until mile 7. There is elevation gain going out (about 2 miles). Around mile 15.5, the rolling hills really kick in. So we would go uphill for a bit, then back downhill. This continued until around mile 20.

    We ran into the city, where we finally had a decent number of spectators. We ran into the runners doing the 5K/10K course, so we clashed a bit. The last portion of the race was through the walking mall then we finished at the library. I wished we had real food that was free (not snacks). There were food trucks, but you had to pay to eat. At least there was a free concert in the park for us!

    I thought the course was beautiful since we ran by the woods along the highway. I did see a black bear around mile 10, so that was unique! At least the weather was perfect! Not humid and not freezing! I just wish the production of the race was better.

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    mgavinellison1 FIRST-TIMER '24

    Montana really surprised with the beauty of the state and city of Helena. The food was great, the people were welcoming and the race production was good. This is a … MORE

    Montana really surprised with the beauty of the state and city of Helena. The food was great, the people were welcoming and the race production was good. This is a one and done race for me, but I would recommend it to runners that really enjoy running hills. This race will not disappoint you :).

    Cons: The award ceremony started too late, 1100. Most people were trying to shower, eat breakfast, pack their luggage, check out the hotel and get to the airport.

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    3
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    5
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    5

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    jstick FIRST-TIMER '24

    Very bare bones race all around. Bib pick up was just that. Grab your bib and leave. School buses to the start. Lots of porta potties for the number of … MORE

    Very bare bones race all around.

    Bib pick up was just that. Grab your bib and leave.

    School buses to the start. Lots of porta potties for the number of runner which was nice for a change.

    Water, electrolytes and occasional gels along the course. Speaking for the course, it’s along an access road to no real scenery to speak of. Unless you enjoy highway traffic. The elevation map doesn’t do it justice. The rollers in the middle are no joke. Cardiac hill wasn’t as bad as expected but legs were already done well before then.

    Nice to get a free message after the race and finish area looked like a party with music stage. Wish I could have stayed around. Overall average race, not the worst not the best. But wouldn’t do it again.

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    4
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    2
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    1

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    MattyIce Jun 10, 2024 at 7:45am

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    Packet pickup at host hotel was simple with no vendors Bus pick up at library close to host hotel. I stayed at Best Western and easily walked that morning The … MORE

    Packet pickup at host hotel was simple with no vendors
    Bus pick up at library close to host hotel. I stayed at Best Western and easily walked that morning
    The course was very well marked and supported with THE most nice volunteers. All cross road had nice traffic control as well
    The course was mostly along roads parallel to interstate…. So ok. The second half is rolling hills and lots of them. The finish in downtown along their walking mall was a nice finish. For someone who is a bit faster… be prepared for it to be busy with lots of 5 & 10K as you finish. I was mostly solo on the run until the very end and I too, bumped into walkers
    Your bib gets you free drink and food at local spots which was so nice!

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    kelby.garman FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is a great race in an amazing small town! Highly recommend to all. Lots of great hills and smooth pavement winding around beautiful buildings and mountains MORE

    This is a great race in an amazing small town! Highly recommend to all. Lots of great hills and smooth pavement winding around beautiful buildings and mountains

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    AmySue FIRST-TIMER '22

    Start time race temperature 55 degrees and cloudy, light rain was predicted but held off. First 1/2 mile was a big hill but after that it was manageable ups and … MORE

    Start time race temperature 55 degrees and cloudy, light rain was predicted but held off. First 1/2 mile was a big hill but after that it was manageable ups and downs. Well-run, a water stop every mile. Friendly crowd and Helena is just a great town to visit in the summer. The lilac was in bloom and the food was fresh and healthy. Nothing like Big Sky country- the Governors Cup is worth the trip.

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    4
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    5
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    4
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    5

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    AllyM FIRST-TIMER '21

    -This local race gives you the chance to traverse some of the most beautiful, mountainous scenery that a road race can offer. Mostly appealing to local runners, Governor's Cup offers … MORE

    -This local race gives you the chance to traverse some of the most beautiful, mountainous scenery that a road race can offer. Mostly appealing to local runners, Governor’s Cup offers a full and half marathon experience.
    -The race format is a Point A to B, which is a fun format for making sure you get to see a lot of unique scenery.
    -Most of the half marathon, leading up to Helena, is run on a highway service road–while this isn’t necessarily “scenic,” everything surrounding you is! So enjoy the clear sky and wooded mountain terrain.
    -Since it’s a relatively small race, don’t count on purchasing last-minute items (like fueling options) at the expo/packet pickup.

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    3
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    5
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    3

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    aadden2001 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    My favorite half marathon, poised in my home town. Gorgeous view, and those hills!!! Rolling hills keep you focused forward the whole way, and Cardiac hill is no joke🙂 MORE

    My favorite half marathon, poised in my home town. Gorgeous view, and those hills!!! Rolling hills keep you focused forward the whole way, and Cardiac hill is no joke🙂

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    4
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    5
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    4

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    maureenkwalsh REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Overall, it's a great race! Prepare for hills, but the scenery is worth it! Could use a little more swag or expo opportunities, and an extra potty at the aid … MORE

    Overall, it’s a great race! Prepare for hills, but the scenery is worth it! Could use a little more swag or expo opportunities, and an extra potty at the aid stations, but great management, friendly volunteers, and good weather!

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    5
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    4

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    alyssan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Awesome point to point race with beautiful scenery with a good amount of challenging hills. I was happy running through my state capital. I definitely plan to run it again … MORE

    Awesome point to point race with beautiful scenery with a good amount of challenging hills. I was happy running through my state capital. I definitely plan to run it again although for the marathon next time!

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    krigby FIRST-TIMER '19

    Thoroughly enjoyed this race. It was a well organized production. My favorite part was finishing with racers from the other races. Planning on returning this year to run the half … MORE

    Thoroughly enjoyed this race. It was a well organized production. My favorite part was finishing with racers from the other races. Planning on returning this year to run the half marathon.

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    5
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    4
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    4

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    ttnwillie406 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Running through downtown has great views! This paired with the other runners makes this run for first timers awesome. There are so many people enjoying their runs making for the … MORE

    Running through downtown has great views! This paired with the other runners makes this run for first timers awesome. There are so many people enjoying their runs making for the best competition and company ever.

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    5
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    ldoucet FIRST-TIMER '18

    I was quite disappointed with the Half Marathon medal. It is my least favourite medal and I should have done the Full Marathon instead. The course itself was ok, bussing … MORE

    I was quite disappointed with the Half Marathon medal. It is my least favourite medal and I should have done the Full Marathon instead. The course itself was ok, bussing takes you out to the start point of the Half. Running on the Interstate but the drivers had some courtesy. The best scenery was seeing the Old Man in the Mountain, probably would have had a better time if I didn’t stop for pictures and they are right about the “never-ending hill”

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    dalmx416 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Nice course through downtown Helena, wrapping around the Capitol building. 1.4 mi uphill followed by 1.7 mi downhill. Nice race T-shirts, lots of participants, great 5k run! MORE

    Nice course through downtown Helena, wrapping around the Capitol building. 1.4 mi uphill followed by 1.7 mi downhill.
    Nice race T-shirts, lots of participants, great 5k run!

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    dalmx416 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my 2nd year running the Governor's Cup 1/2 marathon and I though this year's production was better than last year's (and last year's was good overall!) Here is … MORE

    This was my 2nd year running the Governor’s Cup 1/2 marathon and I though this year’s production was better than last year’s (and last year’s was good overall!)
    Here is what set it apart this year:
    — Race start time: Last year both the marathon and half marathon started at 6 am, so the 1/2 finishers started crossing the finish line around 7:15 am, before any spectators arrived. I remember thinking how anti-climatic the ending was due to this; this year, however, the 1/2 started at 7 am, the 10k started at 8 am, and the full stayed at 6 am, so all of the race finishers started finishing around the same time: approximately 8:30ish. There were substantially more people at the finish line this year than there was last year, and my times were within 2 minutes of each other.
    — Race bags – they had them this year (instead of trash bags) and they had people managing them / helping you reunite. This is a small thing but it was a MUCH appreciated improvement!
    — Volunteers: there were volunteers last year and they were great; however, this year there seemed to be WAY more volunteers with a lot of energy. It was great to see at each aid station!
    — New course: though the previous course was, in my opinion, easier to run, this year’s course was more scenic and had quite a bit of shade as it winded along the bottom of a mountain. The new course was more aesthetic and made me feel more relaxed overall.
    Great improvements made on an already solid run. Definitely worth running at least once!

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    iluvgod07 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Though it was a while since I attended this race, it was a nice sized small race. It was still relatively fresh weather, but when you run those hills will … MORE

    Though it was a while since I attended this race, it was a nice sized small race. It was still relatively fresh weather, but when you run those hills will warm you up! It was much hillier than I expected, however it doesn’t beat the scenery of Helena. I still wear my Governor’s Cup shirt because it’s comfy and a nice blue color! And once you’re done with the race just hang out at Helena and grab some yummy food. The people are wonderful!

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