So, what does a government shutdown have to do with trail running?
Not much, unless the course goes through a Minnesota state park (and several do), which have all been closed indefinately until legislators can agree on a budget.
The RD and volunteers for the Afton race were able to pull off a last minute miracle and move the race to a privately owned ski area next door to the original race site. Things may not be so easy for the fast approaching Half Voyageur and Voyageur 50 mile, so stay tuned to the race websites for updated info!
If you’d like to let the Minnesota legislators know what you think about the shutdown, you can find their contact info here.