Carolina Marathon Association

The Carolina Marathon Association (CMA) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. CMA has a 40-year tradition promoting health and fitness through running and walking events. Annually, CMA hosts two of the Midlands preeminent events: the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler and The Lexington Medical Center Governor's Cup Road Race. Among the state's largest running events, both feature timed road races and walks for all ages and attract competitive athletes, casual runners, walkers and families.

Lexington Medical Center Governor's Cup Road Race

Launched in 1973, the Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race is one of the oldest, continuously conducted road race events in the Southeast. Since its inception, this event has provided the opportunity for South Carolina’s and the Southeast region’s top distance runners to compete in a race that meets the highest standards for competition and event management. The Governor’s Cup has also continuously attracted thousands of participants who have used the event as a means for improving their health and fitness.


Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler

The Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s premier women’s-only road race and walk. Established in 2002, the event attracts women of all ages and athletic abilities. From elite female runners to women participating in their first formal walk, the Heart & Sole Five Miler embraces them all.

An event established by women and for women, the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler calls attention to the number one killer of women— heart disease. At its health and wellness expo, the Heart & Sole event offers blood pressure checks, health screenings and information on healthy living to help women protect themselves from this deadly disease.