About Us

Get in Gear, Inc.
PO Box 50739, Mendota, MN  55150

Phone (651) 528-8284    Fax (651) 788-9184



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 informational newsletter.

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 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 would also like to announce our additional partner 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 https://www.gotrtwincities.org/

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 expectations.

We look forward to seeing you on April 27-28, 2018.

Paulette Odenthal
Executive Director, Get in Gear, Inc


Get in Gear Committee       Get in Gear Charitable Partners