I got in 25 miles out at Afton on Saturday, slow enough that I was glad I didn't do the Chester Woods 50K (where Bill Pomerenke ran a 5:10!) or FANS or even the Manitou 15K or Grand Old Day 5 Mile.
Early June: when races are as numerous as mosquitos in Minnesota.
Got to see a lot of familiar faces and there were dozens training for the Afton 25K and 50K races on July 2nd. I just heard from race director John Storkamp that, if the park is closed due to a government shut-down, the race will be moved to the adjacent Afton Alps ski area - a brilliant idea I hadn't considered (I was researching other parks, road permits, etc.) I've run up the ski hill there a few times: trust me, we want the park to be open, if only for the shade.