Run the Cup!

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 46th annual Governor’s Cup Road Race, a half marathon, 5K Run/Walk and Main Street Mile run for participants of all ages on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Columbia.

The event begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a 1-mile Kids Run on Main Street, followed by a Main Street Mile for runners of all ages. Registration is free for children 12 and under. All Kids Run participants receive a race t-shirt, bib and a medal. It starts and finishes at the intersection of Lady and Main Streets.
On Saturday, the half-marathon begins at 7:00 a.m. at 1312 Main Street and finishes at 1110 Park Street. The 5K Run/Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. in the same location as the half-marathon. Registration for the half-marathon is $80 and $35 for the 5K Run/Walk.

The field of participants includes runners of all levels, including elite runners from around the world. There are also several elite runners from around the Carolinas who will take part.

“Lexington Medical Center enjoys participating in partnerships in our community that encourage healthy lifestyles and work toward educating people about the importance of exercise,” said Mark Shelley, vice president of Marketing and Communications at Lexington Medical Center.

The half-marathon course ties Columbia to its sister cities on the west side of the Congaree River, and it touches South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture, Gervais Street Bridge, West Columbia and Cayce, Guignard Brick Works, Blossom Street Bridge, USC’s Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center, Shandon, Five Points, USC’s Horseshoe, and South Carolina Capital Complex.

The first three miles of the courses for the half-marathon and 5K races are identical, and they touch Columbia’s historic Main Street, South Carolina State House, Woodrow Wilson Family Home, Township Auditorium, Robert Mills House/Gardens, Hampton-Preston House/Gardens, Seibels House/Gardens, Mann-Simons Cottage, South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, and The Vista.

The Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race is one of the oldest continuously operated road races in the Southeast. For more information on the Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup and to sign up for the race, visit

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