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If Governor's Cup staffers Tracy Koder and Trinda Myers have their wish, this year's bundle of races will break some records.

Could last year's take of $7,500 to help the Caring Program fund for uninsured children top $10,000 this year? Could last year's 6,400 runners grow to more than 7,000? Maybe, the pair said during a visit to Missoula last weekend for the Riverbank Run. But most important, they said, is fun.

"We bill it as a family event," said Myers, who's crew chief at race headquarters. "We want people to think being fit is fun."

Koder is Governor's Cup coordinator. Both are employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Monana, which puts on the annual race.

This year's special attractions are Olympic gold medalists Frank Shorter and Eric Bergoust, Koder said. Shorter is known for his running accomplishments, winning the gold for the marathon in 1972, and Bergoust for his freestyle aerial skiing and gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Race weekend will begin with a parade on the walking mall in Helena on Friday at 11:45 a.m. The event will include opening ceremonies and, new this year, a torch run.

The running events include a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K and 300-meter Special Olympics challenge run. Marathon relays are a marathon run by a team of four.

Race beneficiary the Caring Foundation raises at least $200,000 a year to help low-income children who lack health insurance and are not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Plan. It has 645 children on its rolls now.

The Governor's Cup began in 1974 in Bozeman and moved to Helena in 1976. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana took it over in 1979.

If you're interested

To register for the Montana Governor's Cup race being held in Helena June 2, call 1-888-340-3724, visit its Web site at www.govcup.bcbsmt.com or, in Helena, visit race headquarters at 404 Fuller Ave. Entry fees range from $13 for adults and $9 for kids for the 5k and 10K to $35 for the marathon and $80 for the marathon relay.

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