Zumbro Volunteer Communication 3 2015

Date: Thursday April 4th, 2015
Subject: Zumbro Volunteer Communication 3 2015

Hello Friends,

You are receiving this email becuase you have signed up to volunteer at the Zumbro Endurance Run – Friday April 10th and Saturday April 11th, 2015.  For those of you who signed up after “Volunteer Email 1” and “Volunteer  Email 2” were sent out, copies of those emails can be found HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/volunteer-updates/ should you like to see them.

Pardon the long email but we have a quite few things to get through!

Thanks again to everyone that has signed on to volunteer at the 2015 Zumbro Endurance Run, we have a really impressive list of 120 of volunteers for this years event and are now just one week out!  We could not put on such a great event without your help.  We currently have the following numbers registered to run:  100MI=80, 50MI=163, 17MI=332, TOTAL=575

A list of volunteer assignments can be found HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/volunteer-assignments/ – if you see any mistakes in available times or positions or see something that will not work for you, please let us know.  Please keep in mind that you may have been assigned more than one job, so please search for you name (you can search by last name or you can sort the table by clicking on the column header rows.)  There could be a few minor tweaks between now and race day, so please be sure to check the list the week of the race.  Info on each specific volunteer job can be found HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/resources/volunteer-jobs/ ***HAM Radio Operators please note that you specific assignments / times will be handled by Brendan Johnson.

Please be sure to review the website and specifically the volunteer section in its entirety so you are 100% up to speed on what is going on (printing out what anything you feel you need), where you are going, how to get there, what you are doing, what is provided and what you need to bring – again, all of this can be found on the website – if you still have questions, please be sure to let us know.

A few other quick things to note:

Even when we have warm days at Zumbro it usually gets pretty cold down there overnight, so please be sure to bring warm clothes, think down jacket and other winter stuff for those late night shifts especially.

There is always the potential for mud so bring appropriate footwear.

There are toilets at the Start / Finish area and very close to Aid Station 1/4 – however, there are no toilets at Aid Station 2/3 – you either have to use the woods or walk back to Aid Station 1/4 (about a 10 minute walk).

For those working really long shifts please work with your aid station captain and those in your group to rotate out and get some rest, feel free to bring a tent, sleeping bag etc so you can catch some Z’s.

You are welcome to all the aid station food you can eat but you may get tired of it… you may want to pack a lunch so you have something you like.

Feel free to put your own personal touches on the aid station and please work with your group to plan an extra more substantial food item (grilled cheese, burgers, pizza – whatever sounds good and you know you can pull off)!

Need to know what we are providing at the aid stations?  A list can be found HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/resources/aid-station-supplies/

Never worked an aid station and want to learn more?  You can do that HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteers/resources/aid-stations-101-2/

Confused about the area or where to go?  You can learn much HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/aid-stations-maps-data/

Below is a list of aid station captains and their email addresses should you want to coordinate anything with them prior to race day – they have been here and done it and know the ropes so feel free to contact them directly, you can report directly to them when you arrive as well. – Everyone else should report directly to me – John Storkamp or Cheri Storkamp at the start / finish area, medical folks can also look for Joy Parker and HAMS for Brendan Johnson.  Your Rocksteady WRAPS (like a Buff – in lieu of shirts this year) will be at the aid-station or area you have been assigned to with the aid station captain.

Aid Station 1/4 (Fri-Sat) – Kurt Decker
Aid Station 2/3 (Friday Day and Saturday Day) – Julie Berg
Aid Station 2/3 (Friday Overnight) – Dan Harke
Aid Station 5    (Fri-Sat) – Edward Sandor

HAM Radio Coordinator – Brendan Johnson
Medical Coordinator – Joy Parker

* Email addresses omitted for web version of this email.

That is all for now, this will probably be the last group email before the race unless something of note comes up.  I leave for the race site on the Tuesday prior to the race and from then on will only check email and voicemail once a day, so please, if you have questions or need to get in touch with me, please do so sooner than later and do not be afraid to pick up the phone!

Thank You,

John Storkamp

Race Director
Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance 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

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.

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.