Saturday, April 24, 2021 • Minneapolis, MN • Course Map
More than 6,500 runners cross the finish line each year at the annual springtime running of Minneapolis’s Get In Gear Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 2K, including just over 1,000 runners in the half marathon and more than 3,000 in the 10K, which makes the Get It In Gear race the state’s largest 10K race.
Like the other three races in the event, the half marathon follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the city’s Minnehaha Park, a 193-acre city park that marks the spot where the Mississippi River meets Minnehaha Falls.
From there, runners follow the loop course in a clockwise direction along the river — nearly the entire course unfolds along either side of the Mississippi — leaving the park along Godfrey Road and then turning left onto West River Parkway.
The course takes runners northward along the parkway, following a largely flat route throughout most of the race, with a few rolling hills on the roads along the river.
After heading northward along West River Parkway for the first two and a half miles, runners turn onto the bridge at Lake Street and cross the river, and then turn south onto Mississippi River Boulevard, and head south along the eastern side of the river.
Runners stay on the road for the next six miles as it becomes Shepard Road, and then curves around the bend in the river and heads northeast toward the turnaround point of the race, which lies at about the mile 9 marker.
After they make the turn, runners then turn around and head back along the route they’ve just run all the way up to the Ford Parkway, where they cross back over the river to the finish line in Minnehaha Park.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southeastern Minnesota, just across the Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minneapolis typically sees cold to mild weather in April, and still occasional snowfall, during a month that has seen record temperatures here as low as 2 degrees (in 1962) and as high as 95 degrees (in 1980).
On race day (April 24), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 64ºF.
- 2020 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results (Virtual)
- 2019 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Get in Gear Half Marathon Results
- 9:00 AM – half marathon, 10K
- 9:20 AM – 5K
- $64 and up for the half marathon
- $54 and up for the 10-mile
- $44 and up for the 10K
- $39 and up for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Minneapolis’s Get In Gear Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or 2K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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