Governor’s Cup looking for help building excitement along course

jholleman@thestate.comSeptember 30, 2013 

The Governor's Cup Road Race is held in downtown Columbia during early November.

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— Here’s your chance to win a category at the Governor’s Cup Road Race without running.

The organizers of the Nov. 9 event are looking for folks who want to have some fun, make a little noise and cheer up runners along the course.

They plan to station Spirit Corps groups at 13 Spirit Spots along the half marathon and 8K courses running through Columbia neighborhoods. The groups’ goal would be to encourage the runners and generate spectator interest, according to race spokesman Rick Noble.

Race organizers in the past have tried to create a more festive atmosphere at the start (State House) and finish (University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe). The Spirit Corps’ job would be to keep the upbeat mood going for the entire course.

Noble envisions high school cheerleader squads, drum corps or marching band groups doing the job. Church groups or neighborhood associations also might want to claim some spots. To encourage the Spirit Corps, the race organizers will offer honorariums of $100 to $250, depending on the size of the group. And there will be prizes of $500, $300 and $200 for the most spirited groups, based on participation and social media followers.

If you’re interested in showing your spirit at the race, go online to and click on “spirit corps” on the upper right section to get the application form.

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