Thank You for Volunteering!

Thank you for signing up to volunteer at the Afton Trail Run – we could not put on this event without your generous support!  Below is a quick rundown of whats next / what to expect between now and race day!

1.) Your name has been added to our list of volunteers HERE – please check and make sure your name is showing up, that means we have successfully received your volunteer registration – if for some reason your name is not showing up, please get in touch with us.

2.) You will notice that initially / by default the “Job” column next to your name in the spreadsheet is blank, this means you have not been assigned a job yet… About 3 weeks prior to the race we will start making “Volunteer Assignments” – at that time you will find a job listed next to your name and you may even find that your name shows up on the list more than once, meaning you have more than one job!  Please feel free to check back but we will send out an email notifying you when your job(s) have been assigned.

3.) Once your job has been assigned you can go HERE and find your Volunteer Job – you will find a description of the job you have been assigned along with many other details including where to be when, what you may need to bring and what your responsibilities are.

Finally, we ask that you take some time to review the race website in its entirety, everything pertinent to the race, the runners and volunteers can be found on this site – knowing this information makes you the best volunteer possible!

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your help – should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me HERE.

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
Afton Trail Run

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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.