Sponsors

Sponsors are the lifeblood of our event that provide critical financial support.  Click on the sponsor logos below to learn more and please, if possible support them with your dollars and / or drop them an email and thank them for supporting our event.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor you can learn more HERE.

RunMN - Burnsville, Minnesota
Salomon
Hammer Nutrition - Endurance Supplements
Vaniply
Steve Smillie, Realtor
Art and Science Family Dentistry - Woodbury, Minnesota
RunMN - Burnsville, Minnesota
Summit Orthopedics
Hastings Sport and Spine
St. Croix Law, Joel Button
Performance Running
Trail Transformation
Peets Coffee and Tea
CCES, Jason and Amy Husveth
Mill City Running - Minneapolis, MN

We are super excited to have Mill City Running as a sponsor of the Afton Trail Run! Owned by husband and wife Jeff and Bekah Metzdorff, Mill City is a culmination of their life’s passions of running and community building.  Both avid runners, they opened Mill City Running in 2013 after spending a decade working in a variety of running related positions.  The homegrown Minnesotans are living their dream and are excited to help you on your path to fitness. Our staff of 13 includes teachers, students, social workers, professional runners, artists and moms, all brought together by our passion for running.  When you visit Mill City Running you will find a staff of experts here to help, whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned competitor.  From finding the perfect shoe, to nutrition suggestions and training advice, we’ve got you covered.

Salomon

Salomon is a footwear and apparel company that needs little introduction but we will make one anyways! The Afton Trail Run is very excited to be teaming up with Salomon as a sponsor of our event! The collaboration between engineers, athletes and the trail running community gives Salomon a unique advantage in providing the very best, most innovative trail running products. Salomon supports trail running worldwide; from elite-level races to grassroots events. With input from sponsored athletes Salomon continues to evolve products and help drive the progression of the sport.

Hammer Nutrition

With us and many other Minnesota ultra’s since the beginning – Hammer Nutrition’s ongoing gererosity has earned them our unwavering loyalty and support. Thank you Hammer Nutrition for everything that you do for our events. You may think that honest, customer-first businesses selling legitimate products have become extinct. Hammer Nutrition is a refreshing exception – No hype, just great products and service. Our longevity, sterling reputation and devoted following amongst serious endurance athletes is unrivaled in the marketplace for four reasons: 1.) Extremely effective products, 2.) Superlative customer service, 3.) Volumes of free knowledge, 4.) Unlimited access to our experts. Since 1987, our passion has been helping serious endurance athletes like you reach their highest levels of athletic performance and physical health safely, naturally, and legally, one completely satisfied client at a time. Twenty years later, this is still our top priority. Hammer Nutrition has always been a huge supporter of the Afton Trail Run, we are all big believers in Hammers products and grateful for their support, year in and year out.

Vaniply Skin Protectant

PSI is proud to be a sponsor of the Afton Trail Run. Vaniply Ointment/Skin Protectant was specially formulated to help prevent and relieve chafed skin associated with sports activities such as running or bicycling. It forms a protective barrier which helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture. It spreads easily, is non-greasy, and long-lasting. Convenient 10g pocket size tubes will be provided in your race packet and 2.5 oz tubes will be at each aid station. Our mission is to provide products that are superior in quality, effectiveness and value for people with sensitive skin. Our skin and hair care products are free of fragrance, masking fragrance, dyes, lanolin, parabens, and formaldehyde. All products are gluten-free. Be sure to check out our other product lines: Vanicream, Free & Clear, and RoBathol.

Steve Smillie - Realtor

Steve has been known to say that he is just a “so-so” runner but a pretty good realtor, we think both of these comments are extremely understated! Steve has been running some pretty good times on the trails over the last couple of years and at the same time has tons of happy customers, many of whom are runners! We like doing business with runners – they are the type of people who follow through. Having sold over 450 homes in last 14 years throughout the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin – if you are in the market or looking to sell, get to know Steve on the trails and we are sure he will be your guy.

Art and Science Family Dentistry - Woodbury, Minnesota

If you’re looking for gentle, courteous and friendly dentists we are here to serve you and your family. Our dentists, Dr. George Kinney, Dr. Thomas Musser and Dr. Renee Kinney, provide families throughout the St. Croix Valley and St. Paul, MN area with the full range of general and cosmetic dental services for every age and dental need. Dr. Renee Kinney is a trail runner and Nordic skier and excited to be a sponsor of the ATR. We are available and eager to answer any dental questions you may have. We invite you to contact us by email or by phone with your dental questions or concerns. We are here to help you. 651-739-1894 www.artsciencedentistry.com Part of our commitment to high-quality, personalized patient care includes providing you with information to make well-informed decisions about your oral health care needs. Our entire dental team is dedicated to providing you with an outstanding dental experience and the gentle and personalized care that you deserve.

RunMN - Run Coaching By Kelly Mortenson

Kelly Mortenson is a longtime sponsor and volunteer at the Afton Trail Run.  Kelly / RunMN’s mission is to help runners whether beginner or elite reach their personal potential.  Going out and running each day at the same pace can be fun and suits many runners fine, but it isn’t going to enable you to achieve the best results if your goal is an upcoming race. Simply running more each day isn’t going to maximize your potential either. What each runner needs, and what I believe in providing, is a balanced training program with a specific purpose driving each run.  Getting started with a coaching program is easy – I’m ready whenever you are. All it takes is a few minutes of your time. Read about the different coaching plans I offer, and then email me to start the process. Now the real work begins!

Summit Orthopedics

Summit Orthopedics delivers comprehensive bone, joint, and muscle care to the greater Twin Cities metro area. Summit Orthopedics is home to over a dozen sports medicine, fellowship-trained specialists. These sports medicine experts have treated all levels of athletes — from kids just getting started with sports to Olympians. Our providers understand runners; in past years, they’ve provided coverage for a variety of marathons and running events – both locally and nationally, such as the US Olympic Trials Marathon and the Ironman Wisconsin.  And when you need care right away, Summit’s OrthoQUICK clinic provides walk-in injury care 7 days a week, from 8AM-8PM at our Woodbury, Eagan and Vadnais Heights locations. Visit us online to learn more about how Summit can help you live a healthy and active lifestyle.

GearJunkie.com

Hastings Sport and Spine is pumped to be a sponsor of the Afton Trail Run. I, Josh Geidel D.C., grew up running and playing sports and went to chiro school with the motivation to keep people moving. My practice is different than typical chiropractic offices. Instead of focusing on just adjusting, I focus more on correcting muscle tightness, adhesions, and movement patterns as these are typically the source of the problems and injuries that we all face. I utilize active muscle release, instrument assisted muscle release, dry needling, taping, and exercises in addition to adjustments to get my patients moving better and back to functioning fully usually in less than 3 treatment sessions. Check out my website www.HastingsSportAndSpine.com or call my office to chat! (651)319-0667.

St. Croix Law - Joel Button

We thank St. Croix Law and Joel Button for their support of the Afton Trail Run! The St. Croix Valley is a special place to live, raise families, do business, and prosper. Superb legal guidance is a valuable component of assuring the continuity of our interests and assets. St. Croix Law provides such legal guidance for anticipated and unexpected matters. Our sense of community is a major benefit of living in this area. The importance of discretion, trust, integrity, and accountability are perhaps higher in our lives. St. Croix Law recognizes the value of legal counsel that knows you professionally as a client and treats you as a neighbor.

Performance Running

Performance Running Gym is the Twin Cities’ gym specifically for runners. Runners are a unique breed. We march to the beat of our own drummer. We are stubborn enough to hit the roads and trails day in and day out, but many of us neglect the very thing that can take our running to the next level. Strength training. That is why we created Performance Running Gym.  https://www.performancerungym.com/

Trail Transformation

Trail Transformation is a coaching  service aimed at providing you with the framework to reach your highest potential and will help you become the best trail runner you can be.  Coach Jake Hegge’s background in Exercise and Sport Science and Physical Therapy allows him to address the physiology, running mechanics, injury prevention,  periodization, nutrition and psychology of running.   Jake will  tailor your training program to your individual needs, while minimizing the risk of injury. Your training program will include expert advice and guidance throughout your trail running journey, wherever it may take you.  Jake enjoys coaching runners of all abilities and can coach for any distance.  In addition to being a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, Jake has run (and won) many ultramarathons around the Upper Midwest.  You can learn more at http://www.trailtransformation.com/

Peet's Coffee and Tea

The Afton Trail Run thanks Peet’s Coffee for all of the wonderful coffee and all of the wonderful support over the years!  Peet’s Coffee & Tea is a specialty coffee roaster and retailer. Founded in 1966 by Alfred Peet (1920–2007) in Berkeley, California as “Peet’s Coffee, Tea & Spices”, Peet’s is especially known for its strong, dark roasted coffee, including its Major Dickason blend. Hands down, some of the finest coffee anywhere!

Critical Connections Ecological Services Inc.

CCES owners and local ultrarunners Jason and Amy Husveth have been long time supporters of Minnesota trail / ultra-running and the Afton Trail Run. We thank Jason, Amy and CCES for providing detailed course mapping / modeling for the Afton Trail Run. Critical Connections Ecological Services (CCES) is a natural resource and ecological restoration consulting firm based in Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota. The company was originally incorporated in 2000, with the goal of providing the highest quality scientific expertise and innovative environmental solutions to local municipalities, state and federal government agencies, and select private clientele. CCES provides a number of environmental services including large-scale natural resource inventories, greenway and open space planning and design, land cover mapping, focused botanical inventories, rare plant surveys, natural community restoration design and implementation, wetland delineations, wetland mitigation design and monitoring, and technical/scientific report writing. Furthermore, we excel at integrating detailed natural resource field data into GIS, CAD, and database software applications, enabling our clients to make cost effective and ecologically sensitive land use and land management decisions.

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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.