Afton 50KM Trail Race Information

Saturday July 7th, 2018 (25th Annual)
Afton State Park / Hastings, Minnesota

Google Maps Directions HERE
Start Time: 6:30 AM

IMPORTANT!  There will no longer be parking allowed on the side of the road within Afton State Park.  Parking must be in designated spaces only.  Additionally, a block of spaces within the park will be saved for non-race-related park users.  Parking within Afton State Park will be on a “first come, first serve” basis.  Once all of the parking spots allotted for the trail run within Afton State Park have been taken, racers will be directed by a flagger to enter Afton Alps Ski Area via Peller Ave South.  You will follow signage to park in the Afton Alps Meadow Chalet parking lot which is at the very end of the road.  After you park, additional signage will direct you to walk 1/3 of a mile up to Packet Pickup and the Start / Finish Area. * Be sure to allow for plenty of extra time to park and walk to the start of the race! Google Maps Directions HERE and a diagram / map can be found HERE

Afton Trail Run 50KM Trail Race Description and History:
The Afton Trail Run 50KM Trail Race, is one of the most challenging and beautiful trail races anywhere. The race was established in 1994 and is now one of the oldest, largest and most competitive trail races in the country – garnering national attention and attracting runners from all over the United States and beyond.  Runners World says that Afton State Park has some of the most beautiful running trails in the country and once you’ve run we think you will agree.  Afton State Park is located within the beautiful St. Croix River valley.  The start of the race is near the Visitors Center, in Afton State Park. It is a hilly, 25K loop (two loops for the 50K), winding through the park’s trail system. For the most part, the trail is on well-established footing through the woodlands and prairie. There are long climbs, rising from the river bottom, up rocky ravines, and down again.

Complete registration details can be found on our registration page HERE

Field Limit:
Field limit for the Afton Trail Run is 800 runners (combined 25K and 50K distances).

Refunds – Transfers – Switches:
Please note that entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance, race registrations are not transferable to other participants and we do do not allow transfers between distances.  Please consider these factors carefully before registering – thank you.

Waiting List:
We DO NOT keep a waiting list for those that did not get in prior to the race selling out.

What you get:
A well marked course with plenty of aid and tons of friendly, experienced volunteers.  All runners will receive a beefy wood finishers medal, check it out HERE. A high quality unisex tri-blend t-shirt – past years shirts can be seen HERE.  Each runner will receive a complimentary post race meal (burgers, veggie burgers, sides and fixings.)

The Afton Trail Run is approximately 25 minutes East of St. Paul, MN and 40 minutes East of Minneapolis, MN.  Minneapolis (MSP) has a world class international airport and traveling to the race is a breeze.

Afton State Park is located about 15 minutes from Woodbury, Hastings and Stillwater. About 30 minutes from St. Paul and about 45 Minutes from Minneapolis and Bloomington.  Various lodging options are available in each city.

Camping is available at Afton State Park – there are camper cabins which fill up fast and thre are hike in campsites.  Afton State Park (866.857.2757)

Parking will be available in the lots adjacent to the Interpretive Center in the Park. Do not park on the side of the roadway. A Minnesota State Parks pass is required. Please carpool with friends if you can! The park is open to the public during the event, and parking resources will be strained. Please support our great Minnesota State Park System by purchasing an Annual State Park – Parking Pass. By doing this you not only support the entire state park system, you also increase the dollar amount that we are able to donate to the park as the Afton Trail Run pays for every participants vehicle that does not have a state park permit. You can purchase an annual permit by phone by calling 1-888-MINNDNR. Follow this link for more details.

Packet Pick-Up
Packet pickup is on race morning only.  Packet pickup for the 50K starts at 5:00 AM and closes at 6:00 AM (1/2 hour prior to the race start.)

Pre-Race Briefing
There will be a short pre-race briefing about 10 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Drop Bags
You can keep a drop bag at the start / finish area which is also the 25K mark in the 50K race.

Whether and Clothing:
Early July in Minnesota can be quite hot and humid.  We have had temperatures reach the high 90’s with high humidity and have also had days as cool as the low 70’s.  In it’s history, regardless of weather, the Afton trail run has never been canceled – train for and plan for a hot day – hydration and electrolyte balance  is key.  Be prepared, watch the forecast and plan accordingly.  This is a hot weather race we strongly encourage you to carry a water bottle at all times.

Race Start
Saturday July 7th 2018, 6:30 am (Please note that we do not allow early starts.)

Race Numbers:
You must wear your race number and it must be clearly visible at all times.  Those who register within 3 weeks of the race will have their names custom printed on their race numbers!

Your timing chip will be affixed to the back of your race number.  Do not remove your timing chip.  Do not bend or fold your timing chip or crumple your race number – this may break your timing chip. Your race number and your timing chip must be pinned on your outer-most layer at all times.  Above guidelines must be followed in order ensure that split times and finish times are recorded. This chip is disposable and does not need to be returned.  HERE is a rendering of the back of your race number / bib illustrating where your timing chip will be placed.

Course Markings:
The course will be marked with Orange flags, which will always be on the left hand side of the trail along with some supplemental arrows.  In the one short section of “two-way traffic” course markers will be on both sides of the trail.  It is unfortunate but is not unheard of at many of the major trail races that course vandalism has occurred and flagging has been intentionally moved or removed by small minded individuals – it is important that you study the course maps prior to running and have a concept of where you are going.

Aid Stations.
Our aid stations are manned by volunteers, all of them spending a good part of their day out there to help you!  Please be sure to thank the volunteers!  A complete list of the aid stations can be found HERE.  Food and Drink – Aid stations will have the following beverage and food choices available:  Water, Hammer Heed, Hammer Gel, Soft Drinks, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Potatoes & Salt, Cookies, Candy, Fruit  *If you have special dietary requirements, please make sure to make use of your drop bags.

Drop Bags:
50K runners are allowed a drop bag at the 25KM aid station – you can deliver your own drop bag to aid station 6 (which is just adjacent to the start area) prior to the race start.

Pacers and Crew:
Pacers are not allowed for the 50 KM race, you may however have a crew but may only be administered aid at the aid stations.

Due to our past experience with people wearing headphones on trail runs such as these, we discourage their use however we won’t tell you can’t wear them . Full awareness of one’s surroundings, and the ability to communicate with other participants, race volunteers, and trail users not associated with the event are critical to everyone’s safety.  Please use common sense.

Don’t do it.  If you see some trash someone else has dropped, pick it up.  Keep the trail clean.

Cut-off Times:
We have established a 9 hour time limit for the 50KM race.  We will start sweeping / taking down the course from the 25KM aid station (start/finish area) at 10:30 am.  Any runners not out of the 25KM aid station by 10:30 AM will be pulled from the course.

If You DNF:
Should you need to drop out of the race, remove your number and your chip and give them directly to the HAM radio operators at the aid stations you are dropping at – if you are not sure who that is ask around until you find them.  If you leave the course and fail to notify race officials, you will be asked not to come back.

1st Place Overall Male and Female
1st place Open (age 39 – under) Male and Female
1st place Masters (age 40 – over) Male and Female
1st place Senior Masters (age 50 – over) Male and Female
*Awards will be presented as runners finish or shortly after they finish – there will be no formal awards ceremony.

Post-Race Clean-Up:
Walk back down to the beautiful St. Croix River for a swim!

Post-Race Meal:
We will be serving burgers and veggie-burgers along with other standard cookout fare after you finish the race.  Post race picnic is for runners only.

Preliminary race results will be posted on our website within a few days of the end of the race and final results with any revisions will be posted within a few weeks.

Lost and Found
Any personal items left after the race will be donated to a charity. We will not ship items to you.

We are always looking for them.  Do you have friends and family coming but don’t really need them to follow you around to crew – see if they want to volunteer.  Learn more by visiting the volunteer section of the website.

Afton Trail Run – Charitable Legacy:
A large portion of the proceeds from the Afton Trail Run is donated to Afton State Park.

Next years race date:
PENDING APPROVAL Saturday July 6th, 2019.

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Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM Trail Races
Afton State Park – Hastings, Minnesota
Saturday July 7th, 2018
50KM 6:30AM
25KM 7:30AM

Opens Monday January 1st 2018 at 12:01AM CST
Closes Friday June 29th 2018 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.

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

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.