Drew's Angel Creek 50

50 Mile and 50K Trail Races

Boreal Forest and Tundra runs
through the Chena River Recreation Area
to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Interior Alaska


   The Seventh Annual Drew’s Angel Creek 50


   Saturday, July 10th, 2021


   50 Mile Start: Twin Bears Camp (Mile 30 Chena Hot Springs Rd)

   50K Start: Angel Rocks Trailhead (Mile 49 Chena Hot Springs Rd)

   Both races finish at Chena Hot Springs Resort!

 Then What?

   Celebrate! Post-race BBQ, Awards, & Soak at Chena Hot Springs

 A Uniquely Alaskan Experience

These 50-mile and 50K point-to-point races traverse boreal forest trails and tundra ridge lines near Fairbanks, Alaska. It starts at Twin Bears Camp or Angel Rocks Trailhead and finishes at Chena Hot Springs Resort. The courses are roughly a 50/50 mix of hard packed trail with good footing and technical sections, mostly along ridgelines, that will challenge even the more experienced trail runners. The 50 mile course features 12,600 feet of elevation gain and 12,000 feet of elevation loss.

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Latest Updates

2020 race canceled

After months of consideration we have decided to cancel the 2020 Angel Creek 50. A full refund or deferment to next year’s race will be offered to all racers. They have been sent an email. We spent many hours trying to put together a race plan that would addressed...

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AC50 Status Update

AC50K Volunteers and Entrants, We hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe during these difficult times. As of now, the Angel Creek 50K is still scheduled for Saturday, July 11th. We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 public health crisis in...

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2020 Race date set!

The 2020 race date is set for Saturday, July 11th.  Registration will open on January, 1st, 2020.  The race will again be capped at 75 runners including the 50K and 50 mile races so register early to avoid the waitlist.  Registration will be run through Ultrasignup. ...

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Race capped at 75 runners & registration fees go up May 1st…

The race will be capped at a combine total from both the 50 miler and the 50K courses of 75 runners.  In the fifth year of the race we've seen the most registrations to date with a combined total of 55 runners registered as of today, April 21, 2019.  We will have a...

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What Racers are Saying...

I wanted to sincerely thank Drew, George, and Karen and all of the race volunteers. Everyone did a fantastic job and I really appreciate their efforts. I am so grateful all of the volunteers were willing to stand out in the cold and rain all day long waiting for the runners and being very encouraging when they came in. It made a huge difference. Thank you so much.

Melissa L.

The course has some great hooks: coverage of almost all of the Chena River State Recreation Area, where we have boated, hiked, skied, camped and ran so many times. Traverse of some of the high country and a few rugged miles of the Chena Dome Trail, which doesn’t see many footprints.

A crazily technical course featuring areas of no trail, pointy rocks, killer uphills and swampy lowlands along with a few bridge-less creek crossings.

Ned Rozell

WOW–just WOW!!  Huge shout out to all those that finished such an amazing challenge, and especially to all of the volunteers helping runners through!!

…Definitely have a goal in place for July 2017, and plan to be way more prepared for the challenges of the course.  Have to come back and finish this lol!! … I think you are all amazing athletes!!

Tammy W.

It was a super fun event, and I think I will try doing it again next year, though hopefully I will be able to run a lot more of it…

A huge thank you to my family for letting me disappear for this race, and to the folks who put it on – Drew Harrington, Karen Taber, and George Berry. You guys rock, I really enjoyed it.

Jay Cable

Just wanted to say thanks for the amazing race this weekend! Everything was AWESOME! The aid stations were packed of really enthusiastic, supportive people (and delicious snacks) and that was so great!

…It was also the most challenging course I’ve done at that distance, but I loved it and hope it remains the same for next year. The mix of technical and non-technical terrain was perfect…

Katie S.

Thanks for putting on such a great race. We really enjoyed it and it was the perfect race for what we were looking for.

We’ll be sure to spread the word and try and send as many from the lower 48 your way as we can next year.

Nathan P.

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