Get in Gear Half Marathon Race Preview
The Get in Gear is known as “Minnesota’s Annual Rite of Spring” and a great way to kick off your running season. With a 2k, 5k, 10k, and half-marathon, there is something for every runner. Below is a preview of the half-marathon, but first I wanted to comment on the 10k.
The Get in Gear 10k
This will be the 37th running of the 10k and it will have a very competitive field as it is the USATF Minnesota’s 10k Championship. There will be a lot of big names at this event! If you are not running, this is something you’ll definitely want to go watch.
The Half Marathon
As for the half-marathon, the field is a little less competitive, (because all of the elites are running the 10k). However, there will be plenty of quick runners to push you as you start your spring race season. The Get in Gear half marathon is a personal favorite of mine. The organization is fantastic and the course is very enjoyable. It is a reasonable race with a lot of great amenities.
The race starts at Minneahaha Park and travels north on West River Road for about 2.5 miles before you cross the Lake St/Marshall Bridge and head back south down East River Road.
Once you get to Ford Parkway, the 10k runners go back to the start and you will keep going south and eventually run out on Sheppard Road for about a mile. Then you get to go back to Ford Parkway and head home.
The course itself is relatively flat with just a few big hills. Expect to run up about 500 feet with the majority of that coming from three hills.
- The first is around mile 2.5 when you approach Lake Street.
- Next is the hill as you climb towards St. Thomas. If you have run the Twin Cities Marathon, you know exactly which one I am referring to. At the marathon, it is near mile 21, but here it’s after mile 3 so it won’t seem near as bad.
- The last large hill is near mile 13 when you are coming across the Ford Parkway Bridge.
Aside from those hills, expect the course to be fairly fast and scenic!
Why you Should Run!
The Get in Gear is a great event with spectacular organization. The bag drop is easy, the water stops are well staffed, the road marshals are great, and the course is wonderful. In addition, you will receive a nice tech tee and a finisher’s medal.
The post race snacks and massage is nothing to complain about either! Unfortunately, I will not be running this year, due to my stress fracture, but I will be dropping by on my bike to watch and cheer for all the runners! Hope to see you guys out there!
What’s your experience with the Get in Gear race?