Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 2 2015

Date: Wednesday June 17th, 2015
Subject: Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 2 – 2015

Hi All,

First off, thank you for volunteering for the 2015 / 22nd annual Afton Trail Run 25KM and 50KM on Saturday July 4th!  We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your involvement – so many of you have really made this race your own by volunteering year after year and it shows in the quality of the event! It looks like we are going to have another great race with another sold out field with approx 600 runners in total!

With just over two weeks until race day I wanted to give you a quick update on where we are at with volunteer planning for this years event. Early next week we will start making volunteer assignments and hope to have things pretty well in place by mid-week – as always there will be a few tweaks here and there right up to race day.

The reason for this email is that we want to encourage those of you who are already signed up to help us get the word out with any other volunteers that you know of who are wanting / planning to help out but have not yet signed up!  We are a little lite on volunteers this year, I can only assume that it is because the race is falling right on the 4th this year! Facebook is a great way to reach out or via an email or phone call etc. – please encourage anyone that wanted to help at your aid station / volunteer position to go HERE and sign up ASAP. – we would like to have just about everybody on the list by this coming Sunday 6/21 – thank you for your help with this.

Leads / Aid Station Captains will be as follows:

Marking and Sweeping: Todd Rowe
Aid Station 1/2: Wendy Neupauer and Jan O’Brien
Aid Station 3/4: Maria and Doug Barton
Aid Station 5: Jeffrey Swainhart
AS6 / the 25KM split: Kelly Mortenson (RunMN)

As always, taking some time to educate yourself about the race via the website is a great idea, that way you can be the best resource possible for the runners and your fellow volunteers.

Once volunteer assignments are looking pretty solid we will send you one final email prior to the race. Volunteer assignments will be found HERE – please keep in mind that the list will be somewhat dynamic so be sure to check back a few days prior to the race.

Thank you all again, we just simply could not host this first class event without you! In the meantime please drop a line if you have any questions!

Thank You,

John Storkamp

Race Director
Afton Trail Run

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

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.

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.