Afton Trail Run Ultra Marathon

News and Updates

News and Updates

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NEWS & UPDATES:

  • REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 RACE WILL OPEN ON SATURDAY MARCH 20th 2014 !  REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAY JUNE 28th OR ONCE THE FIELD LIMIT HAS BEEN MET – MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE.
  • The 2013 Edition of the Afton Trail Run did fill up, with the combined field limit of 600 runners being met in record time – please sign up early to be sure to get a spot in the race.
  • Please visit and use our sponsors – they are good people, companies and organizations that help to make the Afton Trail Run possible.
  • Run some and help at some – that is our philosophy, simple as that.  We are always looking for Volunteers, its a good thing to do and its a lot of fun.  If you are interested in giving a day of your time – please contact us!
  • As always, if you have any questions, please explore the site, most everything you will need you can find here, if you still have questions, please contact us – we look forward to seeing you on race day.

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2013 Volunteer Thank You!

Thank you to all of the volunteers that made the 2013 Afton Trail Run a success! Volunteers, please read the letter below!

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Afton 2013 Updates

 

Afton Trail Run 25KM & 50KM | Sat July 6th, 2013
50KM 6:30AM | 25KM 7:30AM

Afton State Park, Minnesota
Do not reply to this email, please email questions HERE
You can visit the official Afton Trail Run Race website HERE
Welcome Runners!
Happy 4th of July Holiday!  The 2013 / 20th Annual Afton Trail Run 25KM and 50KM races are upon us, are you ready for the heat and the hills? The draw and reach of the Afton Trail Run continues to grow year after year and once again this year we sold out the field, reaching our limit of 600 runners (approximately 400 in the 25KM and 200 in the 50KM).  Runners will be coming from 22 states and 3 countries.  Below are some important reminders about the race – if after completely reviewing the information in this email along with the information on the Afton Trail Run Website, Blog and Facebook pages, you find you still have questions – please feel to drop us a line (do not reply to this email, please direct all emails HERE and we will do our best to answer your questions).  We are looking forward to seeing you all on race day and are looking forward to another successful Afton Trail Run!Sincerely,
John Storkamp - Race Director
& The Entire Afton Trail Run TEAM

GENERAL RACE INFORMATION:
Everything you need to know regarding the race can be found on our website, use the links below to find complete details about each race distance along with course maps, elevation profiles, directions to the race and more.  Should you still have questions after  completely reviewing this info., please feel free to contact us!

 

COURSE UPDATES:
The trails at Afton State Park are in great shape, even with a wetter than normal Spring and Summer, the trails are dry and runnable. A lot of volunteer hours went into getting the trails ready for this years race along with plenty of labor from the State Park, the Conservation Corps and other organizations efforts. Don’t be surprised by a very minor re-route near the top of the first climb in the race as the State Park has cut in a new trail and re-routed the trail (this will be clearly marked and you may not even notice.)As always, proceeds from the race will be donated to a special fund at Afton State Park – expenditures made in colaboration with the Afton Trail Run make overall improvements at the park, many of which directly affect and benefit trail running at Afton State Park!

RACE NUMBERS AND CHIP TIMING: 
Race numbers have been assigned and a list of names with assigned numbers can be found HERE – those that met the deadline will have their name custom printed on their race number.  Please know your race number at packet pickup, this will help speed the process and keep lines short.  50KM Runners, please use this information for marking your drop bags and share your race number with friends and family so they can track you – if someone asks about “Bill” we may not know, but if someone asks for #125, we will more than likely have some info.  Race numbers are assigned in groups and each race bib has a different color scheme – this helps to differentiate runners participating in different distances.  Your number must be worn on your front and be visible at all times so other runners and the race organization can identify you – examples of and more information regarding race numbers can be found HERE.  We will be using chip timing for this years race – you will be issued a chip on a non-abrasive Velcro bracelet that you must wear on your ankle (either ankle is fine).  Be sure to go over any timing mats that are on the ground and never around them.  Make sure that we get your chip at the end of the race, if you don’t get your chip back to us we will send you a bill for it ($30.00)

 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS:

  • Be familiar with all of the info on the website, it is your responsibility as a runner to know this info.
  • Arrive well in advance of the start time of your race – check in closes 1/2 hour prior to the start of each distance. Please know your race number when you check-in – you can find it HERE.
  • Make sure you have what you need.  You will get hungry and thirsty – the aid stations have a lot of stuff, but if there is something special you need or if there is an item that will make or break your race, be sure you have your own stock of it as aid stations can run out of specific food items.
  • CARRY A WATER BOTTLE OR HYDRATION PACK – Afton is historically a very hot weather race and 99% of the experienced runners at this race carry a water bottle or hydration pack, there are many reasons for this that by the time you reach the start line of this challenging race you should already understand… carry water.
  • 50KM runners can leave their drop-bags themselves at Aid Station 6 which is adjacent to the Start / Finish area – a map detailing this area can be found HERE.
  • CUTOFFS: 50KM only – runners must be through 25KM by 10:30AM / 4 hours elapsed time and have finished by 3:30 (9 hour time limit).
  • VERY IMPORTANT: If you DNF, you must notify a race official immediately and turn in your timing chip – failure to do so will result in a ban from future races.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS: 

  • We will have posters, beanies, stickers & previous years shirts available for sale at the race – bring some cash and get some really cool stuff!  Cash or check only please.
  • The Afton 25KM will once again host the USATF-MN Trail Championship Race!  USATF Minnesota Association members are eligible to compete for $1000.00 in combined prize money and the USATF Minnesota Trail Champion title for both men and women in both the open and masters division.  You can learn  more about the USATF Minnesota Trail Championship HERE.
  • VOLUNTEERS – please be sure to thank them, most of them are runners just like you, they are donating their time so you can participate in this race, consider returning the favor at a future race! 
  • SPONSORS – we lucky to have many.  Their financial support help to make this race possible, please support our sponsors!
  • Post race meal – We will have Burgers and snacks (provided by RJ’s Tavern – Hastings, MN) for runners only after you finish – please stick around and enjoy the day!
  • You have trained hard, tapered well and are ready for a great day at Afton State Park.  We appreciate your continued support – we strive to make the Afton Trail Run one of the premier ultramarathon and trail races in the country – should you have any questions, comments, concerns, complaints or compliments, we welcome them. 

The Afton Trail Run 25KM and 50KM is a Rocksteady Running Event
Rocksteady Running is operated by ultrarunners for ultrarunners 
You can learn more about the Rocksteady Running philosophy HERE.
Run Wild | Be Free | Rocksteady

 

2013 Race Numbers

The Afton Trail Run hosts two races simultaneously, the Afton 50KM Trail Race (starts at 6:30 AM Saturday) and the Afton 25KM Trail Race (starts at 7:30 AM Saturday).  Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series) so runners can be easily identified by race officials, volunteers, spectators and other runners.  We ask that all competitors wear their number on the front of their body on their outer-most layer at all times.  Runners will be tracked coming into and out of each aid station.  If we cannot see your number, we cannot track you or take your finishing time and if we cannot do that, you will be disqualified and will not earn an official finish.  Those who register within 3 weeks of the race will have their names custom printed on their race numbers!  Number assignments can be found HERE.

50KM | Number Series 1 – 249

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25KM | Number Series 250+

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2013 ATR Race Shirt

The 2013 Afton Trail Run Race Shirt has been unveiled – run or volunteer to get yours!

2013 Afton Trail Run Race Shirt

2012 Volunteer Thank You

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Afton 2012 Recap

The heat stands down (and just in time): Afton recap

by Alex Kurt – Reprinted with permission from UltraMN.com 

 

25k: Moore, Lee win state trail titles

Joe Moore, of Minneapolis, ran his way to a USATF-MN Trail Championship and a Course Record at the Afton 25k Saturday. He outpaced former record holder and three-time defending champ Ben Kampf, former Gopher harrier of Minneapolis, to win in 1:37:10. The previous record was 1:37:39. Kampf finished in 1:38:52. Former D-III NCAA cross-country champ and Team USA Minnesota runner Josh Moen finished in 1:40:20 in his trail debut for third.

Emma Lee, of St. Paul, narrowly missed the course record, winning the women’s race in 1:55:13 (eighth overall). Melissa Gacek, of White Bear Lake, finished second (11th overall) in 1:59:41 and Anna French, of Plymouth, finished third (13th overall) in 2:00:01.

300 runners finished the Afton 25k – a number that would likely have been smaller had Minnesota’s week-long heat wave not subsided – all but miraculously – the night before.

Complete results can be found HERE

50k: Tracy returns with style, Rukavina-Rembleski is king of Afton

Forrest Tracy, of St. Paul, won the Afton 50k in 3:54:57, holding off a late-charging Dimitri Drekonja, of Minneapolis, by exactly one minute (Drekonja posted a 3:55:57) despite fading late. This is Tracy’s first ultra since 2009 (when he placed third at the Superior 50 Mile behind Chris Rubesch and John Horns) and only his second ever. Mike Bialick, of Minnetonka, was third in 4:00:25, and Chippewa winner Rasmus Hoeg, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was fourth in 4:06:36.

In the women’s race, Watertown’s Eve Rukavina-Rembleski took home yet another Afton 50k title in 4:21:29, finishing just over 12 minutes ahead of Rebecca George, of Bater, who clocked a 4:33:42. Rukavina-Rembleski was 7th overall and George was 16th. Tracy Hoeg (Rasmus’ wife), of La Crosse, finished third (28th overall) in 4:51:58.

Complete results can be found HERE

You Asked – You Shall Receive

Some of you have been seeing some “prototypes” around for the last year or so and we have gotten a lot of questions.  Finally, your chance to get your hands on a few cool ATR creations.  Race morning ONLY (during packet pickup) – we will be selling full color 2012 ATR shirts – this is the full color version of the shirt that all registered runners and volunteers will be getting (you can see that version HERE) – we liked both versions so much that we decided to produce the other in a limited-edition run and sell them for you to enjoy!.  We will also have two versions of our high-quality beanie, bumper-stickers, “buff” style multi-functional head-wear and high quality 11X17 posters (frame not included) in the black and white and the color version – not just a tacky race souvenir that nobody wants hung on the wall – this is a nice piece to hang anywhere and a fun reminder of the race and the spirit of the Afton Trail Run.  We will also selling previous years shirts – we always get asked if we have any to sell – today, one day… is your chance (limited quantities produced for this).  Cash or check only please – Enjoy!

Race Numbers 2012

Custom race numbers this year – register by Thursday June 21st at 5PM if you would like your name on your number!  Registrants after this date will not have their name on their bib / race number – another cool keepsake from the race.

The Afton Trail Run hosts two races simultaneously, the Afton Trail Run 50KM Trail Race (starts at 6:30 AM Saturday) and the Afton Trail Run 25KM Trail Race (starts at 7:30 AM Saturday).  Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series) so runners can be easily identified by race officials, volunteers, spectators and other runners.  We ask that all competitors wear their number on the front of their body on their outer-most layer at all times.  Runners will be tracked coming into and out of each aid station.  If we cannot see your number, we cannot track you or take your finishing time and if we cannot do that, you will be disqualified and will not earn an official finish.


 

Afton Trail Run 50KM – RED – Number Series 1 – 249

 

 


 

Afton Trail Run 25KM – BLUE – Number Series 250+

2012 ATR Race Shirt

Unveiled – Special thanks to our friend, sponsor (CCES), guest artist and chief Mayan consultant – Jason Husveth for his contribution / collaboration on this years shirt!

J. Storkamp / J. Husveth 2012

 

New ATR Website

We are pleased to unveil our new website – take a look around and see whats new!