Afton 25KM Trail Race Information
PARKING CHANGES INSTITUTED IN 2016 – ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO PARK AND WALK TO CHECK-IN / START:
IMPORTANT! There will no longer be parking allowed on the side of the road within Afton State Park. Parking must be in designated spaces only. Additionally, a block of spaces within the park will be saved for non-race-related park users. Parking within Afton State Park will be on a “first come, first serve” basis. Once all of the parking spots allotted for the trail run within Afton State Park have been taken, racers will be directed by a flagger to enter Afton Alps Ski Area via Peller Ave South. You will follow signage to park in the Afton Alps Meadow Chalet parking lot which is at the very end of the road. After you park, additional signage will direct you to walk 1/3 of a mile up to Packet Pickup and the Start / Finish Area. * Be sure to allow for plenty of extra time to park and walk to the start of the race! Google Maps Directions HERE https://goo.gl/maps/EKNdRcrRovR2 and a diagram / map can be found HERE
Afton Trail Run 25KM Trail Race Description and History:
The Afton Trail Run 25KM Trail Race, is one of the most challenging and beautiful trail races anywhere. The race was established in 1994 and is now one of the oldest, largest and most competitive trail races in the country – garnering national attention and attracting runners from all over the United States and beyond. Runners World says that Afton State Park has some of the most beautiful running trails in the country and once you’ve run we think you will agree. Afton State Park is located within the beautiful St. Croix River valley. The start of the race is near the Visitors Center, in Afton State Park. It is a hilly, 25K loop winding through the park’s trail system. For the most part, the trail is on well-established footing through the woodlands and prairie. There are long climbs, rising from the river bottom, up rocky ravines, and down again.
Complete registration details can be found on our registration page HERE http://www.aftontrailrun.com/registration-info/
We DO NOT keep a waiting list for those that did not get in prior to the race selling out.
Field limit for the Afton Trail Run is 800 runners (combined 25K and 50K distances).
Refunds – Transfers – Switches:
Please note that entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance, race registrations are not transferable to other participants and we do do not allow transfers between distances. Please consider these factors carefully before registering – thank you.
What you get:
A well marked course with plenty of aid and tons of friendly, experienced volunteers. All runners will receive a beefy wood finishers medal, check it out HERE. A high quality unisex tri-blend t-shirt – past years shirts can be seen HERE. Each runner will receive a complimentary post race meal (burgers, veggie burgers, sides and fixings.)
The Afton Trail Run is approximately 25 minutes East of St. Paul, MN and 40 minutes East of Minneapolis, MN. Minneapolis (MSP) has a world class international airport and traveling to the race is a breeze.
Afton State Park is located about 15 minutes from Woodbury, Hastings and Stillwater. About 30 minutes from St. Paul and about 45 Minutes from Minneapolis and Bloomington. Various lodging options are available in each city.
Camping is available at Afton State Park – there are camper cabins which fill up fast and thre are hike in campsites. Afton State Park (866.857.2757)
Parking will be available in the lots adjacent to the Interpretive Center in the Park. Do not park on the side of the roadway. A Minnesota State Parks pass is required. Please carpool with friends if you can! The park is open to the public during the event, and parking resources will be strained. Please support our great Minnesota State Park System by purchasing an Annual State Park – Parking Pass. By doing this you not only support the entire state park system, you also increase the dollar amount that we are able to donate to the park as the Afton Trail Run pays for every participants vehicle that does not have a state park permit. You can purchase an annual permit by phone by calling 1-888-MINNDNR. Follow this link for more details. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/permit.html
Packet pickup is on race morning only. Packet pickup for the 25K starts at 6:00 AM and closes at 7:00 AM (1/2 hour prior to the race start.)
There will be a short pre-race briefing about 10 minutes prior to the start of the race.
Whether and Clothing:
Early July in Minnesota can be quite hot and humid. We have had temperatures reach the high 90’s with high humidity and have also had days as cool as the low 70’s. In it’s history, regardless of weather, the Afton trail run has never been canceled – train for and plan for a hot day – hydration and electrolyte balance is key. Be prepared, watch the forecast and plan accordingly. This is a hot weather race we strongly encourage you to carry a water bottle at all times.
Saturday July 1st 2017, 7:30 am
You must wear your race number and it must be clearly visible at all times. Those who register within 3 weeks of the race will have their names custom printed on their race numbers!
Your timing chip will be affixed to the back of your race number. Do not remove your timing chip. Do not bend or fold your timing chip or crumple your race number – this may break your timing chip. Your race number and your timing chip must be pinned on your outer-most layer at all times. Above guidelines must be followed in order ensure that split times and finish times are recorded. This chip is disposable and does not need to be returned. HERE is a rendering of the back of your race number / bib illustrating where your timing chip will be placed.
The course will be marked with Orange flags, which will always be on the left hand side of the trail along with some supplemental arrows. In the one short section of “two-way traffic” course markers will be on both sides of the trail. It is unfortunate but is not unheard of at many of the major trail races that course vandalism has occurred and flagging has been intentionally moved or removed by small minded individuals – it is important that you study the course maps prior to running and have a concept of where you are going.
Our aid stations are manned by volunteers, all of them spending a good part of their day out there to help you! Please be sure to thank the volunteers! A complete list of the aid stations can be found HERE. Food and Drink – Aid stations will have the following beverage and food choices available: Water, Hammer Heed, Hammer Gel, Soft Drinks, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Potatoes & Salt, Cookies, Candy, Fruit *If you have special dietary requirements, please make sure to make use of your drop bags.
Pacers are not allowed.
Due to our past experience with people wearing headphones on trail runs such as these, we discourage their use however we won’t tell you can’t wear them . Full awareness of one’s surroundings, and the ability to communicate with other participants, race volunteers, and trail users not associated with the event are critical to everyone’s safety. Please use common sense.
Don’t do it. If you see some trash someone else has dropped, pick it up. Keep the trail clean.
We have established a 9 hour time limit for the 50KM race – this means you will have 8 hours for the 25K – this should be doable for just about anyone!
If You DNF:
Should you need to drop out of the race, remove your number and your chip and give them directly to the HAM radio operators at the aid stations you are dropping at – if you are not sure who that is ask around until you find them. If you leave the course and fail to notify race officials, you will be asked not to come back.
1st Place Overall Male and Female
1st place Open (age 39 – under) Male and Female
1st place Masters (age 40 – over) Male and Female
1st place Senior Masters (age 50 – over) Male and Female
*Awards will be presented as runners finish or shortly after they finish – there will be no formal awards ceremony.
Walk back down to the beautiful St. Croix River for a swim!
We will be serving burgers and veggie-burgers along with other standard cookout fare after you finish the race – please sit and break bread with us and share some stories. Runners only please – friends and family members are welcome to eat with us as well for the suggested donation amount. Thank you.
Preliminary race results will be posted on our website within a few days of the end of the race and final results with any revisions will be posted within a few weeks.
Lost and Found
Any personal items left after the race will be donated to a charity. We will not ship items to you.
We are always looking for them. Do you have friends and family coming but don’t really need them to follow you around to crew – see if they want to volunteer. Learn more by visiting the volunteer section of the website.
Afton Trail Run – Charitable Legacy:
A large portion of the proceeds from the Afton Trail Run is donated to Afton State Park.
Next years race date:
PENDING APPROVAL Saturday July 7th, 2018.