Having run the 25k loop a number of times it was pretty clear to me that running it twice was not a particularly good idea. And maybe even less so for a guy that had never run a 50k before. – An Interview with 2019 Afton 50K Winner Ben Schneider

An Interview with Ben Schneider (BS) after his 2019 Afton 50K win – Interview conducted by Kevin Langton (KL). Photo Credit: Fresh Tracks Media   KL: Hi Ben. Congrats on your win at Afton (Ben won the 50k in 3:51:14). Can you tell us a little about yourself? BS:...

2019 Volunteer Thank You

Monday July 8th, 2019 TO: 2019 Afton Trail Run Volunteers Dear Friends, My good friend Jason is pretty well known for telling it like it is. He rarely sugarcoats anything, a trait that I usually like (when his words are ones that I want to hear) and sometimes dislike...

Afton Trail Run 2019 Race Preview

Written By Kevin Langton & John Storkamp Stride for Stride at the Afton Trail Run – Photo Credit Fresh Tracks Media Welcome to the 26th Annual Afton Trail Run, the traditional Minnesota 4th of July Weekend gathering of trail running, our own little greater...

I Am Running With More Gratitude Right Now, I Have at Times Forgotten How Blessed I Am – An Interview with Jeff Miller After Getting the ATR50K Grand Masters Course Record in 2018

An Interview with Jeff Miller (JM) after getting the ATR50K Grand Masters course record in 2018 – Interview conducted by Kevin Langton (KL)  KL: Jeff, congratulations on another grand masters win and the grand masters course record at Afton. First, can you tell us...
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Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM Trail Races
Afton State Park – Hastings, Minnesota
Saturday July 6th, 2019
50KM 6:30AM
25KM 7:30AM

Registration:
Opens Tuesday January 1st 2019 at 12:01AM CST
Closes Friday June 28th 2019 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.

50KM:
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

25KM:
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.