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Runners across Montana eager for 46th annual Governor’s Cup

Posted: 8:01 PM, Jun 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-07 22:01:00-04

HELENA – It’s that time of year. The 46th annual Governor’s Cup race begins this Saturday at 6 a.m.

The races includes a full marathon, half marathon and 5- and 10-kilometer races.

Runners in the main event will start just south of Jefferson City.

Organizers from the race expect participants from more than half of Montana’s counties and states as far away as New York and the Carolinas — even runners from Denmark are expected to take part.

For his second year in a row, and fourth time running in the race, marathon director Bryan Haines told MTN: “It’s a blast. It’s a great event for the city of Helena. The city of Helena really, really supports us … We’ll have more than 200 volunteers who have played a role in the race.”

A resident of Manhattan and participant in this year’s Governor’s Cup race, Manhee, also spoke with MTN,  stating, “Well, it’s Montana’s longest running marathon … So, you’ve got to pick the most historical one and the best the one in each state, and this is the one, I think.”

Haines says that this Saturday’s predicted cooler temperatures make for perfect running weather.

2,000 runners are expected to cross the finish line on Saturday, and all proceeds for the race go toward The Caring Foundation of Montana: a foundation that works to ensure Montanans have access to preventive health care services with or without insurance coverage.

-Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News