Volunteer Communication 2 2014

Date: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Subject: Zumbro 2014 Volunteer Communication 2

Hello All,

You are receiving this email because you have signed up to volunteer at the 2014 Zumbro Endurance Run (17MI, 50MI & 100MI) April 11&12 2014.  Past volunteer communications can be found HERE http://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/volunteer-updates/.

For starters, I would like to thank you – we could not put on this race without the support of dedicated volunteers like yourself.  We are still looking for more volunteers for Thursday Afternoon, Friday and Saturday, so if you know of anyone, please help put the word out, recruit your buddies and make a weekend out of it!

We will start making volunteer assignments within the next 10 days or so – once the assignments have been made they can be viewed HERE http://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/volunteer-assignments/ – we will use the information you provided us when registering regarding your desired positions and availability, however, please keep in mind that these assignments are subject to some tweaks right up until the event, so we ask that you check back at least a few times leading up to the race.

You can learn more about the position to which you are being assigned HERE http://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/resources/volunteer-jobs/
 

A complete list of what items will be provided at the aid station HERE http://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/resources/aid-station-supplies/ – as always feel free to bring whatever you would like to make the aid station more comfortable for you, more festive for the runners and as always feel free to bring an extra / special food item or two to really impress the runners.  If you are new to working an aid station, here is a quick tutorial http://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/resources/aid-stations-101-2/– also, once assignments have been made we will send out an email with the aid station captains email address so you can coordinate with them.
 
As always please be sure to learn what you can about the race on the website so you are as informed as possible about the race.I believe that is all for now, keep your eyes peeled early next week for assignments and in the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance 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.