Afton Trail Run 2016 Runner Email

Welcome Runners to the 23rd Annual Afton Trail Run! We are going to keep this email short since everything you need to know is already on our website but below you will find a few quick updates and reminders. You can also checkout our Facebook page for some...

2016 ATR Hoodies

We did a very limited run of this special edition “ATR Rise Above” sweatshirt which will be for sale at this years Afton Trail Run – you can purchase one at packet pickup ($50.00 cash or check only – tax included) – limited supply, first come first serve, until they...

2016 Poster

2016 Afton Trail Run poster – 11 X 17 print on heavy stock.  This design was inspired (and when we say inspired, we mean INSPIRED) by our friends from the “FDL” and the design is meant to honor those friends.

2016 Race Shirt

OK, we could not be any more excited to unveil this years Afton Trail Run shirt.  This shirt was inspired (and when we say inspired, we mean INSPIRED) by our friends from the “FDL” and the design is meant to honor those...

2016 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...

Afton Trail Run Website Revamp 2016

We are super excited to announce the unveiling of the new Afton Trail Run website!  This post probably gets a little more technical and delves into the nuts and bolts of why we designed our site the way we did than the average reader (runner) may be interested in...

Afton Trail Run 2015 Runner Email

​ Welcome to the 22nd Annual Afton Trail Run! We are going to keep this email short since everything you need to know is already on our WEBSITE but below you will find a few quick reminders.  You can also checkout our Facebook page for a lot of fun stuff leading up to...

2015 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...

2014 USATF Trail Championship Results

The Afton Trail Run 25KM hosted the 2014 USATF Minnesota Association Championship Race – congratulations to all who participated, won titles and took home prizes. Info about the competion, the title and prize money that winners will recieve can be found...

Afton 2014 Updates

​ Welcome trail and ultra runners to the 21st Annual Afton Trail Run!We are going to keep this email fairly simple since everything you need to know is already on our WEBSITE but below you will find a few quick / basic reminders.  You can also checkout our Facebook...

ATR Medals

The Afton Trail Run WOOD.  Hand crafted out of wood – makes sense, you run in the woods, right?  All 25KM and 50KM finishers will receive one of these unique hand-made finshers medallions – strengthen your neck, they are huge and...

2014 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2012 Race Numbers

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...

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...

2011 Volunteer Thank You!

We would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for making the 2011 Afton Trail Run a success!  Please see the letter that went out to volunteers below – you can click on the image to view a larger / .PDF version of the letter.

2011 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...

MDRA – BEST OF 2009

We are pleased to announce that the 2009 Afton Trail Run race shirt was voted as the favorite race shirt of Minnesota runners for 2009 in a poll conducted by MDRA! Thanks for the votes! Wear those shirts with pride, you earned them, and next year, lets bombard them...

2010 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...

2009 Volunteer Thank You!

We had another great event and all the credit is due to our fantastic group of dedicated volunteers!  Please see the attached thank you letter – you can click on the image / letter below to view / download a larger .PDF version of the letter.  We look forward to...
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Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM Trail Races
Afton State Park – Hastings, Minnesota
July 1st, 2017
50KM 6:30AM
25KM 7:30AM

Registration:
Opens Sunday January 1st 2017 at 12:01AM CST
Closes Friday June 23rd 2017 at 11:59PM CST
*Or once the field limit has been met
Complete Registration Details HERE

Directions to Race Start:
Afton State Park
6959 Peller Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033
Hastings, Minnesota
Google Maps Directions HERE
Approx 25 minutes East of St. Paul, MN and 40 minutes East of Minneapolis, MN

Terrain / Course Description:
The Afton Trail Run consists of a hilly 25K loop (two loops for the 50K), winding through Afton State Park’s trail system. The race is held 100% off road, primarily on very runnable / not very technical single double and single track. There are 7 long climbs per loop, rising from the river valley and down again with a good mix of rolling and flat terrain between the hills.  Be sure to see maps, elevation charts and stats provided on this website HERE.

50KM:
2 x 15.5 mile loops =  31 miles
Elevation Gain 4,670 FT
Elevation Loss 4,670 FT
NET Elevation Change 9,340 FT
11 Aid Stations
9 hour time limit
Complete 50KM Info HERE

25KM:
1 x 15.5 mile loop = 15.5 miles
Elevation Gain 2,335 FT
Elevation Loss 2,335 FT
NET Elevation Change 4,670 FT
5 Aid Stations
8 hour time limit
Complete 25KM Info HERE

More About the Race / Area:
The Afton Trail Run is one of the most challenging and beautiful trail races around.  The race was established in 1994 and is now one of the oldest, largest and most competitive trail races in the country and routinely draws runners from all 50 states and beyond.  The race takes place entirely within the borders of Afton State Park.  Afton State Park lies on a glacial moraine, scribed with deep ravines running down to the St. Croix River.  The 169 mile St. Croix River was one of the original eight United States rivers to have significant portions placed under protection by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.  Within the park sandstone outcrops have been exposed in some of the ravines. The vertical drop from the blufftop to the water is 300 feet.  A few patches of remnant prairie survived the decades of farming that took place on the blufftop. Today the former fields are being restored to prairie and oak savanna. The ravines leading down to the riverbank are thickly wooded with oak, aspen, birch, and cherry.