Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 2 2022

Date: Wednesday June 8, 2022
Subject: Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 2 2022


Hi All!

You are receiving this email because you have signed up to volunteer at the Afton Trail Run on Saturday July 2, 2022. We cannot thank you enough!

This is just a quick update to let you know that we will be collecting volunteer registrations through the end of next week. We will start making volunteer assignments the weekend of June 17. Once assignments have been made I will send you another email letting you know / asking you to review them and will provide any final instructions.

A couple of additional notes:

If you are an aid station captain recruiting some of your own volunteers, or are volunteering in another capacity and know someone that would also like to join, please ask them to sign up by Friday June 17 – HERE is the link

If you are a photographer and would like to shoot pictures at the race, we would love it, just drop me a line.

If you are interested in helping with equipment cleanup and storage on Sunday July 3 at our home in Hastings, please let me know. The bulk of the action happens between 9:00AM and 1:00PM.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions. Thanks for your ongoing support of the Afton Trail Run, a summer tradition since 1994!

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director


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.