Testimonials

GIG is one of the best organized local races, thanks to the effort from volunteers and hard working staff like you. I met Paulette last year after the event and had some good chat. She sponsored some gears for our ECA events which was much appreciated.

-- Edina Chinese Association
 


"... I want to thank you and your staff and volunteers for putting on a first class event year after year. That is no small feat!

The race is always extremely well organized and executed. The race caters to everyone...young, old, elite , recreational and everyone in between. I look forward to running GIG each spring and will continue to do so as long as the body will allow. I may be getting older and slower but I am still having fun and that's what it's all about. Thanks for all you do for our running community and keep up the great work."

-- Bonnie Sons


"Having run the event many times plus worked as a volunteer quite a few times also, it is very clear why Get in Gear continues to be one of the top events in the country. Well organized, efficient, welcoming and memorable for the participants, and terrific, scenic running routes."  


-- S. Hyland
 

"I just received my Get in Gear t-shirt upgrade.  What a pleasant surprise! 

I just started running a year ago and have run a few 5 Ks, an 8 K, a half marathon and this 10 K. Of all of the races I have run, this has been the best-- from the transportation to the gorgeous route (and weather helped!).  After running this year, I decided to make it an annual event. 

Thank you for all the effort that went into this great race day and thanks again for the t-shirt upgrade. Truly, a class act!"

-- Kellie Connor
 


"First off I want to thank you all for an AMAZING race! This was my first half marathon and loved how stress-free it was once I got to the event! It was a gorgeous day for a run.  I am looking forward to the event next year as well."

-- Melissa


"I want to congratulate you on an outstanding race last weekend.  I am from Iowa and ran the half marathon and thought it was a great race.  I will definitely be back!"

-- Ryan Bowman
 


"The Twin Cities is fortunate to have long time loyal race organizers like you who know how to handle the logistics of multiple races and hold an event that appeals to national class (and some world class!) athletes, as well as average runners challenging themselves to meet distance or time goals while participating in races for fun and/or fitness.

And the Get in Gear amenities are always so fabulous!

Also, you manage to attract exceptional volunteers, with many of them helping out year after year after year. Many thanks to all of them."

-- Andriette
 


"You guys have a great event, too bad there aren't more races like yours in the state. Thanks for everything you do. These races bring a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people. My girlfriend recently started running and it was her first race period and she had a blast regardless of the rain. Thanks again."

   -- Ethan Albertson


"Thanks very much!  We had a great morning Ė itís become a Rite of Spring for our family.  I ran with my son from Ann Arbor and my daughter from San Francisco, both in town for the weekend. Thanks again!  Itís a splendid race."

   -- Steve Boehlke


"Thanks for faxing me info about the race.  I am excited to be running in it again this year -- it was my first road race when I started running in the 90s, and you all do a great job organizing it. Thanks!"

-- Betsy Hodges
     Council Member, City of Minneapolis


"I just wanted to compliment you on the prize you sent Award Winners this year. That's a great wicking shirt!!! I hope you'll do them again in the future - - it has attracted a lot of attention from other runners! In any event, thanks again for the shirt and for organizing such a great race."

  -- Janet Rosen


"Just a quick thank you note for the age group award. The shirts are really great - stylish, nice tasteful design without garish advertising and the wicking fabric is comfortable to run in - a very nice award!"

  -- Jerry Beutel


"Many millions of thanks for such a well organized 25th anniversary race!

I felt at peace seeing the results at 5PM on the web site! What work and coordination, etc. to have these available!!! Thanks very much to all of you... for all the speedy results especially."

  -- Rosemary Harnly


"Congratulations for putting on a great run despite the weather. I've never run it before and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Once you start running, the weather is a non-factor."

  -- Jeff Erickson


"Running the rain was actually fun! It was the shivering before and after that was a little miserable! This was the first time I did this race, and I think I'll do it again. It was very organized-- good job."

  -- Diane
 


"The get in gear is one of the best organized and supported races in the state.  I'm already looking forward to next year!"

  -- Adam Himes
 


"Thanks for organizing such a great event on Saturday... despite the wind and snow we still had a great morning!"

  -- Nicky Jurgens
 


"I am simply grateful to all of you for a top-notch runner-friendly, inspirational event always."

  -- Rosemary Harnly
 


"I ran the 2008 5K with my family, my two daughters and my wife. I want to say that you did a great job. The race was well organized and we had fun despite the weather. See you next year!"

  -- Patrick Eastman


"I think you guys did an awesome job. Your team was so energetic and helpful. When you go to a race that big and things are running smoothly, as a runner you know there was a lot of planning and behind the scenes work. You had flawless execution!"

  -- R.D. Minneapolis, MN


 
"Despite the weather, I loved being a part of this fun event.  The course is beautiful and all the volunteers and officials were helpful and friendly."

  -- J.S. Boulder, CO.


"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated my 1st place running t-shirt.  It's an awesome shirt and great quality!  Keep up the good work!  I enjoy this race very much and you guys all do a great job despite what Mother Nature throws at you.  Thanks again".

  -- Scott L.


 
"I appreciate the gift certificate - Get in Gear has truly been a "Rite of Spring" for me over the years.  I believe I have completed 12 races in all types of weather.  This year may have been the worst!  I have many fond memories.  Running in the 80's with my young kids cheering, to a PR of 38 min. and later my son ran with me on the day of his junior prom!  Several years I introduced  new runners to their first race at the Get in Gear.  Now my son and I run with some friendly competition as to who will win. I am happy to report that the "old man" was able to beat him this year".

  -- Steve K.


"First, I think you guys did an awesome job. Your team was so energetic and helpful. Given the weather, the turnout was really good. Every one I talked to really enjoyed it. Only in Minnesota.  The run was mentally tough for me due to the cold. I really ran an easy (obvious by the time) run and was really surprised to see my name as second in the age group. I had a lot of fun and congratulate you on your efforts. When you go to a race that big and things are running smoothly, as a runner you know there was a lot of planning and behind the scenes work. You had flawless execution!"