* This is a copy of an email that we will be sending in December to everyone that is on our mailing list 

 

Hi Friends,

I hope this email finds you well as we approach the New Year.

I am excited to announce the 2023 Rocksteady Running race schedule and am looking forward to an amazing year ahead on the trails!

Registration for all of our races will open on Sunday January 1, 2023 at 9:00AM CST.

All of our individual race websites, race info pages and registration detail pages have been updated. Please read through all of these pages for each race that you plan on running, prior to signing up.

Volunteer registration is open for each of our races as well. Please see the volunteer section of our website(s) to learn more and get signed up. Having volunteers commit and sign up early is super helpful, thank you!

Some basic information and links for each race can be found below.

 

Zumbro Endurance Run
100MI, 50MI, 34MI & 17MI
Friday April 7 & Saturday April 8, 2023
Zumbro Bottoms Management Unit near Theilman Minnesota
https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/

 

Superior Spring Trail Race
50KM, 25KM & 12.5KM
Saturday May 20, 2023
Lutsen, Minnesota
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/
* 15 day lottery registration window opens on January 1 and closes on January 15, drawing is held by January 25.

 

Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM
Saturday July 1, 2023
Afton State Park, Minnesota
https://www.aftontrailrun.com/

 

Superior Fall Trail Race
100MI, 50MI & 26.2MI
Friday September 8 & Saturday September 9, 2023
North Shore of Lake Superior, Northern Minnesota
https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/
* 15 day lottery registration window opens on January 1 and closes on January 15, drawing is held by January 25.

 

Endless Summer Trail Run Series
Lebanon 10KM – May 24
French 5KM – June 21
Lebanon 7MI – July 5
Spring Lake 5MI – August 2
https://www.estrs.com/

 

As always, review our websites and if you still have any questions, please reach out and I will get right back to you.

Gratefully,

John Storkamp

Rocksteady Running
Zumbro, Superior(S), Afton, Superior(F), ESTRS
john@rocksteadyrunning.com
https://www.rocksteadyrunning.com/

Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM Trail Races
Afton State Park – Hastings, Minnesota
Saturday July 4, 2020
50KM 6:30AM
25KM 7:30AM

Registration:
Opens Wedneday January 1, 2020 at 12:01AM CST
Closes Friday June 26, 2020 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.