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Governor’s Cup provides opportunity for at-risk youth

Governor’s Cup provides opportunity for at-risk youth

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The Governor’s Cup is hallmark of every Helena Summer.

Thousands travel to the Capitol City to compete and for the first time Helena Youth Homes will have a team.

“Thankfully Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana were very good to us and agreed to partner with us,” Helena Youth Homes Development Coordinator Kathryn Comer-Tuss said.

The Helena Youth Homes owns two residences for at risk youth. The organization also provides adoption and foster care services. In this year’s Governor’s Cup, the organization will have a Run 4 Kids team.

“[The runners] are choosing different distances,” Comer-Tuss said, “either marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K.”

The partnership agreement between Helena Youth Homes and BCBS says the insurance company pays entrance fee for the Helena Youth Homes runners. In exchange, Helena Youth Homes asked the 5K and 10K runners to raise $250. They requested half-marathon and marathon runners to raise $500, however these are just minimums.

“I have exceed my [race minimum donation],” Anna Doran, a Run 4 Kids runner, said. “Hopefully I can raise a little bit more before the donations are due.”

The group home employees believe the money saves lives and has a positive impact on the community.

“Getting them in dance classes, sports classes and art [classes],” Helena Youth Homes Staff Member Amber Wilkey said.

As Montanans get set to attend the Cup, Doran says keep an eye out for the color red.

“I think they are over 30 [Run 4 Kids runners] now,” Doran said. “Maybe that’ll inspire more people to get involved next year.

Helena Youth Homes' kids will volunteer during the race.

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