[ This is a copy of an email that was sent out to our mailing list on Jan 9 2021 – it contains updates for all of our events including Afton. If you did not receive this as an email and would like to join our mailing list, you can do so HERE...
The 2020 Afton Trail Run was cancelled due to COVID 19. The 2020 race would have been our 27th annual running of the event. We hope to be able to hold the race in 2021. Our ability to hold the race will be contingent on where things are at with the pandemic...
2020 AFTON TRAIL RUN CANCELLATION DUE TO THE COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC – WRITTEN BY RACE DIRECTOR JOHN STORKAMP I apologize in advance, this communication is really long – there is simply no way to put what I have to say into soundbites or a couple of...
* The following was emailed to all registered 2020 Afton Trail Run runners and volunteers on Friday May 22, 2020. Dear Friends, I hope this email finds you all continuing to do as well as you can given the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in. Cheri and I...
* The following was emailed to all registered 2020 Afton Trail Run runners and volunteers on Thursday April 23, 2020. Dear Friends, I hope that this email finds you and your family healthy and safe during these extraordinary times. In all honesty, these have been very...
PRESS RELEASE 4/9/20 2020 SUPERIOR SPRING TRAIL RACE CANCELLATION DUE TO THE COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC AND STATUS UPDATE REGARDING ALL OTHER ROCKSTEADY RUNNING RACES; [ZUMBRO ENDURANCE RUN – ALREADY CANCELLED ON 3/20/20] AFTON TRAIL RUN,...
PRESS RELEASE 3/20/20 2020 ZUMBRO ENDURANCE RUN CANCELLATION DUE TO THE COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC AND STATUS UPDATE REGARDING ALL OTHER ROCKSTEADY RUNNING RACES; SUPERIOR SPRING TRAIL RACE, AFTON TRAIL RUN, ENDLESS SUMMER TRAIL RUN SERIES AND SUPERIOR FALL...
PRESS RELEASE 3/12/20 COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) IMPACTS ON ROCKSTEADY RUNNING TRAIL AND ULTRARUNNING RACES INCLUDING THE ZUMBRO ENDURANCE RUN, SUPERIOR SPRING TRAIL RACE, AFTON TRAIL RUN, SUPERIOR FALL TRAIL RACE AND ENDLESS SUMMER TRAIL RUN SERIES. On March 11th,...
Thank you very much for your interest in the 27th Annual Afton Trail Run 50KM & 25KM. The tentative date for this coming years race is Saturday July 4, 2020 – the race having always / historically been held the first Saturday in July. Registration is tentatively...
Welcome Runners to the 26th Annual Afton Trail Run! We are going to keep this email as short as possible since everything you need to know is already on our website https://www.aftontrailrun.com/ (which you should review in its entirety, especially the 25K and 50K...
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
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.