Minnesota’s Annual Rite of Spring

April 30, 2022

Get in Gear Events

2021 Live Event

Live Event Information

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 8 am.

We are optimistic and excited to announce that after much consideration and tireless discussion with local officials and with respect to the current COVID-19 guidelines, Get In Gear has been given permission to offer a limited in-person version of the 10K for 2021.

If you wish to register for the 2021 GIG 10K in person event, or transfer your existing virtual registration to in person running, here is what you need to know:

  • Masks will be required to be worn at all times with the exception of once runners start they may remove while running but must be put on right after the finish line. Further guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing protocol will be emailed to registrants and available on our website
  • COVID-19 preparation plans will be in place on race morning
  • Wave assignment protocol, packet pickup, and race day details will be e-mailed to all registrants and available on the GIG website
  • The event will be held on the Minneapolis and St. Paul parkway paths only, from start to finish with official traffic management where appropriate
  • The 10K will not be a certified distance course but will be timed and scored as a race with age group results
  • There will be no prize money but we will award overall
  • There is a limit of 750 new registrations accepted. 250 registrations will be allocated for current virtual registrants who wish to transfer to the in person event
  • Waves of assigned groups of runners all socially distanced, will be sent out in timed increments for each larger group of 250. There will be no more than four groups of 250 allowed to fulfil the 1000 maximum registration requirement

GIG is committed to putting on a safe event and with the lessons of 2020 is prepared to pivot if unexpected circumstances arise with appropriate notifications and refunds as the situation presents.

Pre-Race Day Information

Bib Number and Wave Assignment Information

This will be sent to you from our timing partner Mtec on Wednesday, April 21st. Your bib number will be listed as Wave 1 or Wave 2 and have Pod 1 thru Pod 10 with your assigned time. 

  • Wave 1 runners (8:00 am-8:18 am) may begin your check in by 7:15 am
  • Wave 2 runners (9:30 am-9:40 am) may begin your check in by 9:00 am

In person event packet pickup is only on Saturday morning. Social distancing will be done at packet pick-up and note that you should refrain from walking to the start venue area until 20 minutes before your pod assignment time. Plan a 5 minute walk from the bridge.

Race Day Information


Click here for venue map

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

For detailed plan click here

NOTE: Masks are required to be worn at all times with exception of during your run. You may remove your mask if you choose after you leave the start line and are on the run course but must place over your nose and mouth area as soon as you cross the finish line.


The park roads and parking lots are not closed for this year’s edition of the Get in Gear. You may park anywhere that is a legitimate parking spot and be prepared to pay the parking fees required in the parking areas at Minnehaha Park.

NOTE: No parking at the Lock and Dam #1 site. That will be reserved for only race staff and emergency personnel.

Check-In & Bib Number

Located under the bridge on Godfrey Parkway/West River Road (the same location as the Get in Gear kid’s fun run and 5K start on a normal Get in Gear) which is a short walk from the parking areas inside Minnehaha Park and/or Wabun.  See Venue Map.

Shirt & Mask Pickup

After you receive your bib number you will receive a custom face mask and shirt.

You may choose to wear a different mask than the one given to you at check-in but you must wear a mask that covers both your nose, mouth and chin surface area while participating in the Get in Gear event.

NOTE: Only shirts and masks to the immediate in person runners will be given out. No virtual runner packets will be given out.


There are a limited number of portable toilets located at Minnehaha Park for your use as the main bathrooms are not yet opened. There will be two portable toilets located in and near the Get in Gear race staging area for runners.

Runner Staging

Once you reach the bridge for check-in there will be Race Officials on site to assist you to your location for staging for your pod time. One immediate staging corral will be located near the official start line which will contain no more than 25 runners and at 6’ distances that will be marked.

Those not in the immediate staging corral will be guided to the runner staging area to await their start time and will be escorted and moved up with their assigned pod at the appropriate assigned time.

Run Course

See Course map link here

Though our permit restricted any use of closed roads for 2021, the run course is still the traditional Get in Gear 10K loop but starts and finishes near the lock and dam parking lot venue area. The distance is not certified and is run on parkway run paths only. The distance is approximately 5.5 miles without the traditional start/finish in the park but will be chip timed and scored with official start and finish mats.


The run is self supported and will have no aid stations. Carry hydration as needed.

The Stairs (approximately 2.5 mile point) 

Due to the lack of resources and extenuating circumstances in our community, runners will be taking the stairs (see course map for insert photo) from the Lake Street Bridge down to the Mississippi River Boulevard run path. Connecting to the running paths without having the roads closed for safe traffic control is not a safe option in that specific location of the course.

We ask that our runners execute personal caution descending the three short flights of stairs before beginning a run stride again once on the pathway.

Crosswalks from Run Paths to Lake and Ford Bridges

The crosswalks will be used in both of those locations, along with traffic control support for safe crossing of the running paths to the bridges. See course map for insert photo.

We ask that our runners execute personal caution at both of these crossings while working with race officials.


There is an overall male and female award of a $100.00 gift certificate offered generously by Run N Fun but no additional age group awards or competition prize money.  Results will be posted in all age groups by the end of the day.

Post Race Finish Once you cross the finish line there will be a station with bottled water and pre-packaged items available for runners. Race officials will be there to guide you to the path leading away from the venue area to prevent gathering. Face mask coverings will be required once you finish (if you removed during your run).

Transferring to the Live Event

For those participants that are registered for the virtual event and wish to transfer to the live event, there is a block of registrations set aside for you; the transfer cost is $10.

Follow the instructions from the Race Roster: How do I transfer my registration? article to transfer to the live event. You will receive an email stating you were “removed from event” (the virtual event you transferred from).

New Registrations for the Live Event

There is a block of new registrations available for those that did not register for the virtual event. The cost is $50.

COVID-19 waiver for Participants

All participants of the live 10K event will need to accept the COVID-19 waiver during Race Roster upgrade or registration. A copy of the waiver is displayed below for review:

By signing below, I acknowledge that I understand the inherent risks associated with the exposure to COVID-19 and am voluntarily assuming such risks in order to participate in the Get in Gear in person 10K. I hereby release and waive, and further agree to indemnify, hold harmless, or reimburse Get in Gear, Inc. and its individual committee/board members, agents, employees and representatives, from and against any claim which I or any other party may have or claim to have, for any losses, damages or injuries arising out of or relating to exposure to COVID-19 in connection with my participating in the Get in Gear 10K in person race.

I certify that I will comply with any applicable Executive Order from the Governor of Minnesota regarding participating in the Get in Gear race.

I understand that if I display any of the symptoms of COVID-19 I am NOT to participate in the Get in Gear 10K race.