Charitable Partners


GIG Charitable Partners History

The Get in Gear 10K began in 1978 and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1990. 

In 1987, in response to the burgeoning crisis in youth wellness, the Fit For Fun 2K training program was developed and since then has involved over 70 schools and 70,000 children achieve higher levels of health, fitness and self-esteem through participation in the Get in Gear 2K.

In 1998, the Fit For Fun 6-week training program was given the Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions in the promotion of physical activity presented by the Minnesota Council on Physical Activity and Sport.  The Fit For Fun program has also been recognized as a candidate for Youth Program of the Year in 2008 at the Running USA conference.  The Get in Gear offers youth scholarships for those wishing to participate in the 2K but in need of financial aid and has funded hundreds of children’s participation since 2000 helping to fuel the future of the sport of running.

In 2005, the Get in Gear added a 5K as a training tool for those needing a lower distance event to train and aspire to the Get in Gear  10K.  It has been a success and approximately 2000 participants register each year.  Youth group discounts are offered to coaches of teams interested in utilizing the 5K as a spring board to training and as a way to continue to bring youth to the sport of competitive running.

In 2009, the Get in Gear added a final event,  the Half-Marathon,  to reach those runners in our greater metro area that are training for a spring/summer marathon and are looking for a long run the last Saturday in April or as a springboard to spring and summer marathon training.

In 2006, the Get in Gear partnered with Second Harvest Heartland in their fight to end child hunger.  Since 2006 there has been over $139,000 donated for this cause.  The Get in Gear is not a fund raising event but does recognize the importance of contributing to the community in which it began and, with the help of our participants, we are able to continue this tradition. Additionally, an on-site food drive is held annually and participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Second Harvest Heartland.  

The Get in Gear is pleased to announce our thirteenth year of partnership with Second Harvest Heartland to support them in their mission to end hunger. Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks.  In 2016, we delivered more than 80 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other agency partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We are proud to announce that Get in Gear will continue to match funds donated by our participants up to $10,000 to help support Second Harvest Heartlands work to end child hunger.  To date, over $139,000 has been raised through matching funds and participant donations, but we’re not done!  

1 in 6 Minnesota children is still at risk of hunger on any given day, dollars donated will help support the children and families that look to Second Harvest Heartland and their partners for support. . We feel that great impact can be made by our participants and our organization to donate the dollars needed to support these programs. 33% of individuals served by Second Harvest Heartland are children. Supporting child hunger programs is in alignment with our support of our 2K and Fit-For-Fun programs in the schools of our greater metropolitan area.

The generous donations made by our participants were matched by Get in Gear to provide meals for hungry children, teach

children about nutrition and healthy eating, and staff a nutrition lending library. Thank you to all who made this happen!

In 2018, we are pleased to partner with Girls on the Run. GOTR inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained volunteer coaches lead small teams through their 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, go to

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.

1.      Charities Challenge

2.      Boys to Men Inc.

3.      Lakeville South High School Track & Field Team

4.      Bolder Options

5.      Heidi’s Angels Trust

6.      St. Helena’s  Church Youth Group

7.      Eagan High School Cheer Team

8.      White Bear Lake North Honor Society

9.      White Bear Lake Boys Tennis Team

10.  Girl Scout Club of America

11.  Boy Scout Club of America

12.  Bethel University Student Athletic Training Society

13.  Mickey’s Hope Breast Cancer Fund Raiser

1.      Neurofibromatosis  Team

2.      One Brick Organization

3.      University of St. Thomas Crew Club

4.      Woodbury High School Girl's Tennis Team

5.      The New Face of Guatemala

6.      Roseville Area High School Volleyball Booster Club

7.      Children's Lighthouse of MN

8.      St. Thomas Delta Sigma Pi

9.      Girls on the Run

10.  East Ridge High School Cheerleading Booster Club

11.  B.L.A.S.T.

12.  Girl Scout Troops 50217 & 51629

13.  MN Triathlon Group

14.  VAMC Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder Center

15.  Fishing For Life

16.  St. Thomas Academy

17.  Washington Technology Magnet

18.  UST Delta Sigma Pi

19.  His Image Community Theatre

20.  East Ridge Debate Team

21.  Kids Run the Nation Fund (RRCA)

22.  Roads Scholar Program (RRCA)

23.  Young Athletes Foundation

24.  St. Paul Humboldt High School Athletics

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.