Welcome to the Get in Gear Annual Rite of Spring. We
are so proud to celebrate 41 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 years’ history written by current
Race Director Paulette Odenthal. This will be posted
here and sent in an upcoming Get in Gear monthly
The Get in Gear events has something for everyone.
Quality shirts, awards, food, corporate competition,
give-away race day items and many special awards
just for participating in all age groups in all
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 would also like to announce our additional
Girls on the Run.
At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize
their inner strength and celebrate what makes them
one of a kind. Trained volunteer coaches lead small
teams through our research-based curricula which
includes dynamic discussions, activities and running
games. Over the course of the ten-week program,
girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to
help them navigate their worlds and establish a
lifetime appreciation for health and fitness.
The program culminates with girls positively
impacting their communities through a service
project and being physically and emotionally
prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Find
out more about our transformational program, and how
you can be involved, at
To read more about our charitable donation partners,
visit our Charitable Partners page.
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
We look forward to seeing you on April 27-28, 2018.
Executive Director, Get in Gear, Inc
Get in Gear Committee
Get in Gear Charitable