Lace Up Those Running Shoes and Get Fit for the Governor’s Cup

Sign up, lace up and shape up.

The 43rd Governor’s Cup is coming up fast on June 10-11, and that means it’s high time to sign up to run or walk your best in Helena – Queen City of the Rockies and Montana’s capital city.

Head on over to  right now to get registered and reserve your race shirt. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. Late registration will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 10 at packet pickup, but shirts will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Governor’s Cup, which features Montana’s wide open spaces, stunning scenery and several historic sites along every course, is for everyone. We regularly welcome elite competition, fitness fanatics, recreational runners and newcomers. And we take great pride in presenting a family-friendly atmosphere for runners and walkers, alike.

Presented annually by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, the Governor’s Cup will once again feature a distance for everyone – marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k or 1-mile fun run. We’re also busy working with area elementary schools to build on the incredibly successful Kids Marathon program, which saw more than 500 local youth participate in 2015.

GovCup startLast year we witnessed two event records and more than 3,000 runners and walkers cross the finish line. We’re expecting to see participation and competition increase for the fourth consecutive year.

For more information about our historic event – home of the first Montana marathon – head on over to

There, you will find an event schedule, maps, course preview videos, records, past results, awards information and much more. And new this year, we are expanding packet pickup hours to make it easier for you to gather your race swag the day before the starter’s gun cuts through the fresh Montana air.

Every year, volunteer efforts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana employees and many other residents make the Governor’s Cup a success, and we can’t thank them enough. We’re anticipating another great year of volunteer turnout, but we have posted information about how you can help if you’re interested in participating in the event in that capacity.

Governor’s Cup regular and Helena’s own Heather Lieberg recently competed in the Olympic Trials Marathon and intends to run the 5k this June in Helena.

Lieberg got her start in marathoning at the 2007 Governor’s Cup with a winning time of 3 hours, 7 minutes, 49 seconds, and heads to the Trials with a personal best of 2:34:08. Lieberg owns Governor’s Cup event records in the marathon (2:45:59, 2013), half marathon (1:17:25, 2014) and 10k (35:24, 2015). Hey, maybe she’ll add the 5k record to her haul this year.

But for Lieberg, running isn’t just about recording faster and faster times.

“It’s helped me build a routine, stay healthy and mentally, it’s a natural release for me. You can be in the worst mood, so crabby, then go out for a run and come back a totally different person. It helps me feel stronger and comfortable in my own skin,” she said.

She added that stories like hers are possible because of local events like the Governor’s Cup.

“Whether it’s here in Helena at the Governor’s Cup or somewhere else, the runners and other people participating are the same,” Lieberg said. “They’re happy and they’re healthy or making an effort to be healthy. I think the Governor’s Cup was a great place to start.”