Qualifying Races

The Afton Trail Run 50KM and 25KM races are qualifying races for a number of races throughout the world.  The information contained on this page is not intended to be a comprehensive list of those races, instead highlights just a few of them.  Participating in any of the Afton Trail Run races that are qualifiers for other races does not guarantee you entry into any of those races.  It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with those races qualifying and registration / lottery requirements and procedures well in advance of any race that you would like to run.

UTMB, CCC, TDS, OCC

The Afton Trail Run 50KM and 25KM are International Trail Running Assocation (ITRA) points qualifying races.  The ITRA is the organization that evaluates individual races / courses and awards corresponding points that go towards individual runners points totals, qualifying them for UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc), CCC, TDC, OCC in addition to some other European races.    Below you will find corresponding years / race distances and number / type of qualifying points that have been awarded for each Afton race finish.  Please note that the number of points allotted to a specific Afton race distance may change from year to year based on changes to course certification / qualification criteria as decided upon by the ITRA. More information about qualifying for UTMB, CCC, TDC and OCC can be found HERE https://utmbmontblanc.com/en/page/87/87.html

2019 Afton 50KM

2019 Afton 25KM

2018 Afton 50KM

2018 Afton 25KM

2017 Afton 50KM

2017 Afton 25KM

   The Afton Trail Run is an official UTMB qualifying race.  https://utmbmontblanc.com/en/

  The Afton Trail Run / Rocksteady Running is an International Trail Running Association (ITRA) Member – learn more about the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) HERE https://itra.run/

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Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM Trail Races
Afton State Park – Hastings, Minnesota
Saturday July 4, 2020
50KM 6:30AM
25KM 7:30AM

Registration:
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.

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.