In Celebration of the

40th Annual Rite of Spring!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2K: 6:00 PM Friday, April 27


Greetings to our Get in Gear past participants!

We couldn’t be more excited to reach our 40th annual Get in Gear events and look forward to sharing information with you in the coming weeks as details are confirmed. Monthly updates will be sent to all registrants as well as posted at We are extending our low priced Early Bird Registration through November 30th. You can register here.

For starters, here are our first round of exciting updates:

NEW Half Marathon Course for 2017! On this new course runners will continue to run north of the Lake Street Bridge for an out and back versus running south of the Ford Bridge for an out and back. View the course map. This event is limited to the first 1500 to register and we think this will fill quickly this year. 

NEW commemorative 40th anniversary design custom medals to ALL finishers of all events. An image of this gift in commemoration of 40 years of Get in Gear events will be posted on our website soon. We are super excited about giving these out to all.

NEW written piece on the "History of the Get in Gear through the years", written in collaboration with the Get in Gear's first Race Director, Bill Kennedy, from 1978-1985, in memory of Race Director, Jeff Winter, from 1986-1997, with information written by Bruce Brothers and followed by a summary of the years from 1998-current under current Race Director, Paulette Odenthal. This is a good read that is being finalized and shows both how the Get in Gear has changed throughout the years, but also stayed the same. This will be posted on our website and linked in our next month's email update.

NEW 40th Anniversary video in production in commemoration of Get in Gear through the years. This will be posted on our home page by December.

NEW Birthday Cake at Bib Number Pickup! It is Get in Gear's 40th birthday after all.

Other things that you can expect:

  • 40th Anniversary Design and gender specific shirt with registration;
  • MyPillow Travel and Go pillow at Bib Number pickup;
  • Additional swag item in production for 40th anniversary;
  • USATF 10K Championship (USATF members receive additional $5 off registration);
  • RRCA Regional 10K Championship and medals to overall age group winners;
  • All previous 10K First Overall Winners receive complimentary entry into the 2017 10K;
  • All 2016 10K First in Age Group Winners receive complimentary entry into the 2017 10K;
  • Corporate Competition open to all corporate groups;
  • 2K School Challenge open to all elementary and middle schools;
  • Parents registered for either the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon receive a $5 discount code to register a child for the Get in Gear 2K;
  • Get in Gear merchandise jacket or fleece pullover available for $14.95 during registration or direct from our website.

 Additional information on our sponsors and partners will continue to be added to our website and in monthly updates including opportunities to volunteer at the Get in Gear and to help in our mission to fight child hunger through our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland.

We encourage you to register now to take advantage of our continued Early Bird Registration through November 30th!

Please feel free to connect with us at or call our office hotline at 651-528-8284. All calls and emails returned promptly.

We are so looking forward to having you join us on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 2017, for our 40th Celebration of our Annual Rite of Spring!

The Get in Gear Staff & Committee
GIG Hotline:  651-528-8284
Fax:  651-788-9184

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