Gabrielson Repeats as Get in Gear 10k Winner, Emily
Brown Wins Women’s Field at 35th Annual Event
Minneapolis – April 29,
2012 – Defending champion Matt Gabrielson
took the win again and Emily Brown
cruised to the women’s crown at the 35th annual Get
in Gear 10k in Minneapolis on April 28.
Gabrielson posted 30:01 in the men’s race while
Brown finished in 33:28. Both train with Team
Temperatures were in the
low 40s with a light rain and windy conditions during
the race which had 3,654 finishers on a course that
began and ended at Minnehaha Park.
Until Gabrielson won in
2011, Kenyan male runners had won the Get in Gear 10k
every year from 1994 through 2010, with the exception
of 1996. Although Gabrielson’s first mile in
today’s race had Kenyan runners on either side of
him, he began to pull away shortly after mile 3 and
then continued to increase his lead.
“I was alone from 5k on
which is a little nerve racking yet I just tried to
stay as relaxed as possible,” said Gabrielson.
“I did not feel fast, but I felt strong almost like
I could run 4:48-4:50 per mile all day. I wanted
this race to be the springboard towards running really
well at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth
in June. I am right on schedule and needed this
little shot of motivation to start doing some solid
work over the next month or so.
“The Get in Gear is a
fantastic event, fantastic organization and has
fantastic runners of all ability levels. The 10k
course is challenging with the few hills it does have
and you really have to focus and concentrate on taking
the tangents precisely. This is my second time
running this race so it is two for two with the
The Get in Gear 10k race
served as the USA Track & Field-Minnesota State
10k Championship and is also part of the USATF-Minnesota
Team Circuit. The 10k prize purse included
$1,000, $500 and $250 for first, second and third
places in both the male and female races with an
additional $250 for the first place Minnesota runners.
Brown previously ran the
race in 2010 when she finished second in a time of
34:00. “I felt pretty comfortable throughout
the whole race,” she said. “I had gone in
with a plan to try for 5:30 pace at least for the
first mile. Although I was faster than that
through the first two miles, it felt fine and I
believed I could keep pushing that same pace all the
way through. All in all the race went by pretty
fast and I didn’t feel too strained until the last
800 meters where it is inevitable to start feeling a
“I had a good idea where
the turn to the finish was and after checking my watch
I knew I could hold my lead and get in under 34
minutes so I was already pretty pleased with my race
at that point. A new road PR was a nice added
bonus for a solid effort of running today.
It’s always nice to do a local race because I get to
maintain all the comforts of home while eliminating
the nuisances of traveling. And on top of that,
I love the support of the Minnesota running community
and all the familiar faces that I’ve gotten to know
over the years.”
Next up for Brown will be
the Bloomsday 12k in Spokane on May 6 with Gabrielson
aiming for the Newport 10,000 road race in New Jersey
on May 12.
About Team USA
Team USA Minnesota is
based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is
to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate
American distance running and to develop Olympians.
The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker, head cross
country and track coach at Augsburg College in
Minneapolis. Team USA Minnesota’s major
sponsor is Life Time Run (www.lifetimerun.com)
and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org).
It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and
the USA Distance Project. For more information,
visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.