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


   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 Unique Alaskan Experience

These 50-mile and 50K point-to-point races traverse boreal forest trails and tundra ridge lines near Fairbanks, Alaska. These races start at Twin Bears Camp or Angel Rocks Trailhead and finish 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 ridge lines, 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

2021 Early Registration Open

Early registration for all runners who notified us that they wished to defer from 2020 is now open. These runners can only register via an email sent specifically to them on 12/6/20. General registration for all others will open on January 1, 2021.

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2021 Name Change

To honor the founder of the Angel Creek 50, the late Drew Harrington, we have renamed this event "Drew's Angel Creek 50". This race was born in March 2015 when we reached out to Drew to ask for his support in saving the Sluice Box 100. Drew had a better idea and...

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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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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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