Sometimes all it takes to start a fire is a little spark.
That’s the thought behind the Governor’s Cup, the annual event to provide people with a fun and festive opportunity to celebrate the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyle choices with their friends and neighbors. For more than 40 years, the Governor’s Cup road races have sparked fires inside the bellies of numerous participants in the marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run.
Dating back to the first race in 1974, the Governor’s Cup has seen more than 125,000 participants cross the finish line with another 3,000 expected to take part on June 13, 2015. That’s a lot of sparks and the hope is that most of those have resulted in fitness fires still burning hot.
2014 in Review
More than 2,800 participants from a record 33 states and an impressive, record turnout of more than 400 volunteers made the 41st Governor’s Cup a great success. About half of the volunteers are BCBSMT employees and their family members, and numerous other businesses and individuals helped to ensure race participants had an enjoyable experience. Many volunteers worked as course guards and distributed water, while others helped out in the start- and finish-line areas.
2015 and Beyond
Organizers plan to introduce a new Kids Marathon in 2015 to encourage physical activity among students and help them enjoy the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, which speaks to the heart of the Governor’s Cup’s mission.
The Kids Marathon program is free and designed for elementary school students in the Helena area, with the hope to expand its reach in the coming years. Governor’s Cup organizers are working with area schools to introduce a 12-week, 25-mile Governor’s Cup training program that will culminate with a 1.2-mile Fun Run around Centennial Park in June to complete the 26.2-mile distance and kick off the weekend’s festivities.