Driving Directions

There is no known / assigned / reliable physical address for the Zumbro Endurance Run race start at the Zumbro Bottoms Management Unit – in our experience using THIS GOOGLE MAPS LINK will get you to the race start without issue but since the race takes place in a fairly remote area (with limited cell coverage once you are in the Zumbro River Valley), you should have a backup plan.  Below you will find written directions from the Twin Cities / Minneapolis – St. Paul area of Minnesota, we suggest that you print these directions and bring them with you.

Written Driving Directions to Race Start:
• From the Twin Cities take Hwy 52 South to Zumbrota
• Take the 60 EAST (NOT West) exit toward Zumbro Falls and Wabasha
• After stop sign in Zumbro Falls go another 12 miles on 60 to Cty Hwy 4
• Turn right on 4, go about 3.6 miles to Theilman
• Turn left (East) on Cty RD 86, go about 3 MI, keeping right at any intersections

Alternate Route (and very scenic):
It is also possible to come from the Twin Cities down Highway 61 through Hastings, Red Wing & Lake City

• After going through Lake City turn right on Cty Hwy 4 and go South
• At stop sign for Hwy 60 (about 6.5 miles) continue straight on 4, go about 3.6 miles to Theilman
• Turn left (East) on Cty RD 86, go about 3 miles, keeping right at all intersections

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Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM Trail Races
Afton State Park – Hastings, Minnesota
Saturday July 7th, 2018
50KM 6:30AM
25KM 7:30AM

Registration:
Opens Monday January 1st 2018 at 12:01AM CST
Closes Friday June 29th 2018 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.