Charitable Partners


GIG Charitable Partners History

The Get in Gear events started in 1978; and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1990.

In 1987 The Fit for Fun 2K was established as a kidís running and training program and ran successfully for 28 years and was awarded a National Recognition in 1998.

In 2005 the Get in Gear added a 5K event.

In 2005 Get in Gear also partnered with a first time donation partner to help fight child hunger as the mission with Second Harvest Heartland. We are proud to have donated $145,000 to Second Harvest Heartland thru 2018. We are proud of the 14 year partnership with Second Harvest Heartland and continue to support efforts to fight child hunger in our community and beyond.

In 2009 Get in Gear added a Half Marathon run.

In 2016 the 2K evolved to a 2K-3K-4K as its own event on Friday night.

In 2018 Get in Gear partnered with Girls On The Run Twin Cities with Second Harvest Heartland. Participants generously donated funds and GOTR Twin Cities received $5,000.

In 2019 Get in Gear is partnering with Minnesota Military to help support Cadets as they train to be in leadership. We feature a page dedicated to both GOTR Twin Cities and AUSA ROTC. Please read more about these two organizations that we are pleased to partner with this year.  

It is our hope that corporations and participants will join with us in supporting these worthy causes as we continue to explore the avenues of support, while at the same time continuing to support the Get in Gear mission to provide the community with well-organized runs for both adults and children.

The Get in Gear also reaches into the community by offering a $500.00 charitable donation to any community groups or school groups looking for a fund raising opportunity by volunteering for our event.  The Get in Gear has proudly contributed to the following list of community groups with a charitable donation and/or offering discounts for group participation.


  • B.L.A.S.T.

  • Bethel University Student Athletic Training Society

  • Bolder Options

  • Boy Scout Club of America

  • Boys to Men Inc.

  • Charities Challenge

  • Children's Lighthouse of MN

  • Eagan High School Cheer Team

  • East Ridge Debate Team

  • East Ridge High School Cheerleading Booster Club

  • Fishing For Life

  • Girl Scout Club of America

  • Girl Scout Troops 50217 & 51629

  • Girls on the Run

  • Heidiís Angels Trust

  • His Image Community Theatre

  • Kids Run the Nation Fund (RRCA)

  • Lakeville South High School Track & Field Team

  • Mickeyís Hope Breast Cancer Fund Raiser

  • MN Triathlon Group

  • Neurofibromatosis Team

  • One Brick Organization

  • Roads Scholar Program (RRCA)

  • Roseville Area High School Volleyball Booster Club

  • St. Helenaís Church Youth Group

  • St. Paul Humboldt High School Athletics

  • St. Thomas Academy

  • St. Thomas Delta Sigma Pi

  • The New Face of Guatemala

  • University of St. Thomas Crew Club

  • UST Delta Sigma Pi

  • VAMC Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder Center

  • Washington Technology Magnet

  • White Bear Lake North Honor Society

  • White Bear Lake Boys Tennis Team

  • Woodbury High School Girl's Tennis Team

  • Young Athletes Foundation

The Get in Gear is managed by a Board, Executive Director Race Operations Committee, a small seasonal part-time office staff and hundreds of volunteers that dedicate their time and energy to making the Get in Gear Minnesota's Annual Rite of Spring.