Race Information

Schedule

Race-day:  Saturday July 15th, 2017

  • 4:40 a.m. – Mandatory pre-race briefing for racers
  • 5:00 a.m. – Start at Twin Bears Camp
  • 6:30 p.m. – Cut-off time: racers must depart Angel Rocks Trailhead *
  • 5:30 p.m. – Begin Post-race BBQ and awards presentation at Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • 9:00 p.m. – Anticipated finish time for final racer

*all racers departing the Angel Rocks Trailhead by 6:30 p.m. will be allowed to finish the race.

Participant Briefing

A brief mandatory pre-race meeting will be held for racers 20 minutes prior to the 5 a.m. race start at the Twin Bears Camp located at Mile 30 Chena Hot Springs Rd. Participants will be familiarized with the race course, the hazards on the course, race rules and cutoff time, recreation area rules and trail etiquette, the safety plan, and any other details necessary for a safe and successful event.

Cut-off Time

Racers must depart Angel Rocks Trailhead by 6:30 p.m. race day. This allows for approximately 19 minute per mile average pace (over an 8 hour marathon pace) for racers. All racers departing the Angel Rocks Trailhead by 6:30 p.m. race day will be allowed to finish.

Race Rules

  1. No short cuts.
  2. No littering.
  3. Adhere to the qualifying race and gear requirements.
  4. Be courteous to all volunteers, racers, and others recreating in the area.
  5. Have fun.

Qualifying Race

The Angel Creek 50 Miler is a difficult course that may challenge even the most experienced ultra runner.   For this reason racers must have completed any foot race of marathon distance or longer within the past two years prior to registering for the race.  It is highly recommended, though not a requirement, that racers have completed a trail run of at least half-marathon distance or longer within the past two years.

Required Gear

Racers are required to carry gear necessary for a safe and successful race.  Runners must have with them at all times throughout the race the required items listed below.  Please note that this is a minimum requirement and not at all a recommendation.  Racers should equipment themselves based on their personal experience level and weather conditions the day of the race with the gear they believe will be necessary to be self sufficient while on the course.  The required gear is listed below:

  1. A water bottle or hydration bladder that can hold at least 16 ounces and
  2. A wind breaker or rain jacket.

Wildlife Safety

Moose, Black Bear, and Grizzly Bears are found throughout Interior Alaska including the Chena River Recreation Area. Please use caution while traveling through areas with thick brush and vegetation where visibility is limited and wildlife may be surprised by your presence.  Make noise while traveling through these areas and travel in groups if possible.  If moose are encountered back away slowly and provide a path for the moose to escape.  Moose are known for erratic behavior if they feel cornered or trapped.  If a black bear or grizzly bear is encountered do not run away.  Stand your ground and talk calmly to the bear.  While carrying bear spray is recommended, it is not required.  If you do decide to carry bear spray please be safe and familiarize yourself with its operation.  Please report any bear or moose sightings or encounters to race volunteers.

Pacers and Crew

Due to the remote nature of the course support crews will only be allowed within a 100 yards of the Angel Rocks Trailhead and pacers will only be allowed to park at the Angel Rocks Trailhead and Chena Hot Springs Resort. From Angel Rocks Trailhead pacers may wait for their runner or travel in the opposite direction from the checkpoint to meet their racer. Pacers may travel as far back as the Upper Angel Creek Cabin to meet their racer. Pacers may also park at Chena Hot Springs Resort and travel in the opposite direction on the course to meet their racer. Up to two pacers per racer will be allowed. Pacers are not allowed on bikes, ATV’s, or any other mechanized or motorized vehicle.

Drop Bags

Drops bags will be available to racers at three locations: Upper Angel Creek Cabin (race mile 30), Angel Rocks Trailhead (Race mile 42), and the finish line at Chena Hot Springs Resort (race mile 50).  Please bring drop bags to the start line clearly marked with your full name and checkpoint destination.

Shuttle Service

A shuttle service provided by the race will transport racers from Chena Hot Springs Resort to the Twin Bears Camp (race start) the evening before the race and the morning of the race. Shuttle buses or vans will be departing Chena Hot Springs Resort at approximately 6:30pm the day before the race and 3:45am the day of the race. Spectators and support crews for racers are encouraged to park at the Angel Rocks Trailhead and/or Chena Hot Springs Resort. There is a $5 daily Alaska State Parks and Recreation parking fee at Angel Rocks Trailhead.

Lodging

Campsites and cabins will be available at Twin Bears Camp. Racers as well as pacers, support crews, spectators, etc. are welcome. Outhouses and a bathhouse will be available. Fees for Twin Bears Camp are only $15 per person (under 12 years free) and are to be paid upon arrival.  There is plenty of room available though please let us know if you intend on joining us at Twin Bears Camp by emailing us at info@angelcreek50.org.  We only have the camp reserved for Friday evening through mid-day Saturday so other accommodations will need to be made for Saturday night.

Chena Hot Springs Resort also has rooms and campsites available. Contact the Hot Springs for more details (907) 451-8104. Road accessible cabins are also available for rent online through in the Chena River State Recreation Area http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/chena/index.htm. Campsites at multiple camp grounds along Chena Hot Springs Rd. are available for a small fee and free tent camping is always available on gravel bars along the Chena River.

Post-Race Party

A post-race party and BBQ will immediately follow the race starting around 5:30pm near the finish line at Chena Hot Springs Resort. We hope all racers, volunteers, family and friends will attend! Please head to the Hot Springs after the race for a soak and BBQ.

Course

Trail Markers

The race course will be marked primarily by bright flagging. Pin flags of an identical bright color will also be used. In areas where the course is above tree line wooden lath with directional arrows will be used. Flagging and signs will be placed at trail junctions to guide racers in the right direction.

Angel Creek 50 Miler Checkpoints

CheckpointRace Mileage*Distance to Next Checkpoint*Aid AvailableDrop Bags and Crew Access
Twin Bears Camp0 miles8 milesWater only
1. Trailside outlook8 miles9 milesWater onlyNo
2. Turn-off to Colorado Creek Cabin17 miles7 milesLimited aidNo
3. Chena Dome Shelter Cabin24 miles6 milesWater onlyNo
4. Upper Angel Creek Cabin30 miles10 milesLimited aidDrop bags available, no crew access
5. Angel Creek Trailhead40 miles2 milesWater onlyNo
6. Angel Rocks Trailhead42 miles8 milesFull aidDrop bags and crew access
Chena Hot Springs Resort50 milesFull aidDrop bags and crew access
*All distances are approximate.

Maps

Course Overview

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Course Part 1 Topo

 Course Part 2 Topo

Course Profile
AC50 elevation profile – complete course AC50-elevation-profile-complete-course

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Angel Creek 50 Miler Course - 2017

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Checkpoint 1: 64.942960, -146.729128
Checkpoint 2: 64.979672, -146.682551
Checkpoint 3: 65.013677, -146.555286
Checkpoint 4: 65.025075, -146.413302
Checkpoint 5: 65.034621, -146.217808
Checkpoint 6: 65.011338, -146.216877
Finish: 65.053053, -146.056558
Start: 64.896740, -146.675814
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Checkpoint 1

Mile 7.5 - Trailside outlook - Water Only - No drop bags or food

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Checkpoint 2

Mile 17 - Turn-off to Colorado Creek Cabin - Limited Aid - No Drop Bags or Crew Access

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Checkpoint 3

Mile 24 - Chena Dome Shelter Cabin - Water Only - No Drop Bags or Crew Access

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Checkpoint 4

Mile 30 - Upper Angel Creek Cabin - Limited Aid - Drop Bags - No Crew Access

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Checkpoint 5

Mile 40 - Angel Creek Trailhead - Water Only - No Drop Bags or Crew Access

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Checkpoint 6

Mile 42 - Angel Rocks Trailhead - Full Aid - Drop Bags and Crew Access

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Finish

Mile 50 - Chena Hot Springs Resort - Full Aid - Drop Bags and Crew Access
Post Race Soak and Barbecue

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Fairbanks, AK, United States
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Start

Mile 0 -Twin Bears Camp