Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 4 2018

Date: Thursday June 28, 2018
Subject: Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 4 2018 – Afton Trail Run 2018 Parking Volunteers / Plan

Hi Parking Volunteers!

Sorry for the long email but if you could take the time to review the email and the attachment, that would be super helpful!

Starting back in 2016 the state park asked that we no longer allow cars to park along the “park road” after the designated state park parking lots were full – so the solution is that we have overflow parking down at the the Afton Alps Ski Area Meadows Chalet parking lot (and beyond) – runners will be able to hop onto the parks paved trail system from there per the attached map to walk about 1/3 of a mile to the race start.

The plan is that once the Afton State Park lots (less 30 spots or so for non-race related day users and a couple of additional spots for volunteers or any anyone who is running drastically late to the race) are filled, Bill Pomerenke will call Ken Corbett who will be at the entrance of the park and tell him to start diverting cars down to Afton Alps. Ken will also be in phone contact with Kevin Lynch who will be down at the Meadows Chalet parking lot just in case some communication is needed. Dan Mattimiro and Jason Tintes will be in communication as well and will be roving between the lots, supervising, filling gaps, looking for issues, putting out fires, diverting volunteers as needed etc. Once parking is pretty well finished up at the state park, those helping in the state park lots lots who are not headed to work an aid station can walk down the trail leading up to the park from Afton Alps to provide direction / answer questions and ease the minds of those that are walking up .

The attached map shows where everyone on the parking team will (roughly) be stationed. Bill Pomerenke will have a good handle on what is going on at the Afton State Park parking lots, Kevin Lynch the same for the Afton Alps lots and Dan Mattimiro and Jason Tintes will be overseeing everything – I will be reviewing the entire plan on the ground with Dan, Jason, Bill and Kevin so they will all have a good handle on what is going on should you need additional direction on race day.

Bill Pomerenke
Afton State Park Parking Lot(s) Lead
* Those working in the Afton State Park lots can report directly to Bill at the Meadows lot as he will have florescent vests and flags.

Ken Corbett
State Park and Afton Alps Entrance

Kevin Lynch
Meadows Chalet / Overflow Parking Lot Lead
* Those working in the Afton Alps lots can report directly to Kevin at the Meadows lot as he will have florescent vests and flags.

Dan Mattimiro and Jason Tintes – Supervision
Roving / Patrol / Overseeing in Vehicle

Communication is certainly key to executing the plan successfully. Thank you all for the extra attention to this – it is just huge. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

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.