About Us

Welcome to the Get in Gear Annual Rite of Spring.  We are so proud to celebrate 40 years of our event that is so richly steeped in history and tradition since its inception in 1978.

It is very exciting to be a part of the running industry within our community and to continue to provide high quality and well managed running events as the overall mission of the Get in Gear.

A new “History of the Get in Gear” is being released soon which has been a collaborative effort shared by Bill Kennedy, Get in Gear’s first Race Director, Bruce Brothers written contributions in memory of Jeff Winter, Get in Gear’s second Race Director, and the past twenty year’s history written by current Race Director Paulette Odenthal.  This will be posted here and sent in an upcoming Get in Gear monthly informational newsletter.

New for our 40th is the introduction of a new half marathon course which we believe is a better course for our runners.  This information is posted on the course map pages of our website.

Finisher medals will be given to all finishers of all of our events for the first time in Get in Gear history, in commemoration of the celebration of our 40th.

The Get in Gear events has something for everyone.  Quality shirts, medallions, awards, food, corporate and school competition, give-away race day items and many special awards just for participating in all age groups in all events.

We are so proud to continue our relationship with our primary charitable partner, Second Harvest Heartland in the fight to end child hunger in our community. With the help of our generous participants and our donation match program, Get in Gear, Inc. has contributed over $130,000.00 in the fight to end child hunger in our community. Additionally our community support donation program has also contributed to many local organizations.

We have an excellent volunteer race management team that is committed to making the Get in Gear events a great experience for our valued participants and appreciated sponsors and supporters.  We work very closely with our volunteers to help deliver a quality experience to meet well deserved expectations.

We look forward to seeing you on April 28th-29th, 2017.

Paulette Odenthal
Executive Director, Get in Gear, Inc

40th Anniversary Get in Gear Video

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