Race Information

2K-3K-4K Fun Run    5K    10K    Half Marathon    Corporate Competition Teams    Elite 10K Athletes

Race Number Pickup      Parking, Shuttle, Light Rail      Clothing Drop      Lodging

The following applies to all races, excluding the Friday night Pick Your Distance 2K – 3K – 4K Fun Run:

FREE as part of your entry fee:

  • Race shirt
  • Shuttle park and ride from our VAMC partner location on race day
  • Massage post-event for all participants all morning
  • Personal Gear check service on race morning to hold your belongings while you run
  • Bike corral hosted by Erik's Bikes
  • Free Parking all day Friday at Minnehaha Park in three main lots on Godfrey Parkway
  • Timed and scored races with accurate results
  • Post-race food snacks and beverages on race day
  • Get in Gear Prize Give-Away Patrol handing out thousands of FREE clothing and promotional items
  • Private party at Minnehaha Park, of only Get in Gear participants, pre-paid by special permit, and home of waterfalls, picnic areas and spring blooms
  • Clothing awards in all scored races in all age groups
  • The best and most enthusiastic team leaders and volunteers – rain or shine

Race Number Pickup

All corporate participants will pick up their race number individually and meet at their designated signage behind the Pavilion near the waterfalls on race day morning.  Look for company name in alphabetical order.

Race Number Pick-Up is available at Minnehaha Park (4801 Minnehaha Ave. , Minneapolis, MN 55417 - Google Maps) Friday, April 27, from Noon - 8:00 p.m.  Race numbers may be picked up by a friend or family member during this time.

NOTE:  Anyone registering after Sunday, April 22 will receive their bib number at packet pick-up.

The race will be timed by Mtec using the MYLAPS BibTag timing system. The BibTag is a disposable timing chip in the form of a sticker that comes attached to your Bib.

Please follow these instructions when attaching the Bib:

- Do not fold or crumple the Bib

- Do not remove the foam

- Attach the Bib using pins on all four corners

- Position the Bib correctly on your chest: visible and on top of your clothing

Note: Parking on Friday is free of charge in only the 3 parking lots that are located on Godfrey Parkway between Minnehaha Avenue and 46th Ave. There are over 300 parking spots available. If you park in other metered parking areas on that day without paying you will be ticketed

Race location:  4801 Minnehaha Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

For those from out of town, a limited number of race numbers will be allowed to be picked up on race day morning.  Race number pick-up will begin at 7:00a.m. on race day.  Please prepare to be on-site one hour before your race starts to pick up your race number and prepare for the race. There may be long lines and the races will start on time.

You are strongly encouraged to pick up your race numbers on Friday to avoid being late for the start of the race on Saturday morning.

No race day registration!

Free Parking, Free Shuttle Info and Light Rail Options [back to top]
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Parking Notice - VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE!  There is NO PARKING allowed at Minnehaha Park on event morning. Vehicles are subject to being ticketed if parked in a "no parking area."

BE EARLY!!!  Traffic can, and will be, congested in and around the VAMC and Minnehaha Park the morning of the Get in Gear events.

Bus Shuttle runs continuously from the VAMC to Minnehaha Park pavilion in a continuous loop from 54th St. to South Minnehaha Ave. and North to the bus drop and pick-up area at the back of the pavilion.  Riders will take a short walk across the falls to the Pavilion.  You will find restrooms inside the pavilion (but also we have 47 porta-potties on the venue for your use) and the Information Tent and Volunteer Check-In Tent will be on the immediate north side of the Pavilion.

NOTE:  VAMC is under construction for a new parking ramp.  There is no access to Get in Gear parking from One Veteran’s Drive (the main entrance).  All entrance will be from 54th which you can access from Hwy. 55 (Hiawatha Ave.)  Event Parking signage will be placed on the roads to help direct you.  There is parking for approximately 1500 vehicles this year.  If the lot fills you will be re-directed.  Arrive early.

There is no parking at Minnehaha Park.  Plan accordingly.

FREE Shuttle: 6:45a.m. start to 12:30pm or when buses are no longer needed.  This will be determined by our bus coordinator on race day. Get in Gear is providing a FREE shuttle service which will begin at the VAMC (Veterans Affairs Medical Center web site or Veterans Affairs Medical Center web site map).

The VAMC is located approximately one mile south of Minnehaha Park on Minnehaha Avenue (Junction of Hwy. 55 & 62). 

VAMC address: 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Look for directional signs on race morning.  Incoming vehicles to the VAMC will be directed to designated Get in Gear parking area by VAMC personnel.

Map to VAMC parking.

Participants will then be taken by designated buses directly to Minnehaha Park.  Buses will be ready for return to VAMC AFTER the buses have completed dropping participants off for their race.  The distance between the VAMC and Minnehaha Park is one mile. You may plan to jog or walk as an alternative one way or two way option.

Metro Transit/Light Rail

Metro Transit for the Minneapolis Metro area includes stations that are located both at the VA Medical Center (VA Medical Center Station) and 46th Street (46th Street Station. For more detailed information and schedules, go to http://www.metrotransit.org/light-rail.aspx

The light rail has become very popular with our runners. Some runners coming from the south park at the Mall of America station and take the light rail to the 46th Street Station near the race start.

(Race Day Only)

Signage for the drop bag location will be visible on race morning and volunteers ready to navigate you.  Our Information Tent also has grounds layout information if needed. 

We will have bags available to place your belongings and identify by name and/or bib number from 6:30-9:00a.m.  If you bring a bag it may be subject to brief inspection but it is preferred you use our drop bags.  Please – no large duffle bags.

The drop bags are meant to hold light belongings and non-valuable items.  We have not had theft issues but we do not recommend highly valuable items are left in your bags that we cannot be responsible for.


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Hilton Garden Inn

Book reservations online using our special group rate. The group rate is for either a $89.00 king room with pullout sofa sleeper or a $99.00 room with 2 queen beds. These rates are good through April 6, 2018.

You are welcome to call the hotel as well at 651.686.4605. Please make sure you tell the front desk you are with the "Get in Gear group."  And, please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for choosing the Hilton Garden Inn. We look forward to having you here! 

Hampton Inn Eagan

$119.00 per night includes hot breakfast buffet. minneapoliseagan.hamptoninn.com 651-688-3343


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