Due to an infrastructure project on their lower property, the normal overflow parking lots that Afton Alps Ski Area generously allows us to use for the Afton Trail Run will not be available for the 2019 race. We will be using an alternate parking lot on Afton Alps property that will require us to shuttle runners and spectators a short 2 miles to (and from) the race start / finish area. Some 50K runners, and all 25K runners, along with spectators should expect to park in this lot and take the shuttle bus. Flaggers will either direct you into the State Park or to the overflow parking lot. We will have a formal bag-drop setup near the start / finish area so participants can securely drop their warm-ups or personal items that they would like for after the race – please make sure your belongings are in a waterproof bag, we will have supplies to mark your bags. Additionally, due to the ongoing closure of Fort Snelling State Park due to flooding and generally increased state park use, Afton State Park is having one of its busiest seasons on record and parking has been near capacity every weekend. We ask that all participants find at least one (but preferably more) people to carpool with, so that not only racers, but the general public can share and enjoy the park as well on race day. Please do not dismiss this request / please do everything in your power to carpool!
Shuttles will run from the overflow parking lot from 5:30AM until 7:00AM – you should plan to park absolutely no less than 45 minutes before the start of your race in order to have time to check-in, drop a bag, and use the restroom. Return shuttles will depart the race finish at least every 30 minutes starting at 7:30AM until the end of the race.
We thank you for your understanding and for taking the time to plan in accordingly. Our collective flexibility and graciousness as a community is what allows us the privilege of being able to host our race at Afton State Park each year.
Year 26. Lives enriched. Nearly $60,000 and 1000’s of volunteer hours donated to the park. Here is to 26 more!