Rain fails to drench Governor's Cup spirits

Nolan Lister

The spirit of Helenans persevered through Saturday’s late-morning rain storm during the 48th annual Governor’s Cup.

Helena resident Rick Day and his daughter, Jennell, ran the 5K for the 15th, maybe 20th, time.

Helenans Rick Day and his daughter, Jennell, receive their medals at the finish line of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup.

Nolan Lister

“I don’t even know anymore. We’ve run it so many years,” Jennell said shortly after crossing the finish line at around 11 a.m.

Though the heavy ran began to fall on the runners around 10 a.m., Jennell said “it’s a family tradition. We weren’t going to miss this.”

This year’s race was special for the father-daughter duo. Rick was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

He said he did not need to take any special precautions. Both agreed it was simply a matter of putting one foot in front of the other.

“Wet,” Rick said when asked how the race was. “But I’m glad I did it.”

While the stakes are high for some — the annual race is a qualifier for the vaunted Boston Marathon — there is no

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