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, August 12th, 2023
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!
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. The 50K course features 6,400 feet in elevation gain and 6,200 feet in elevation loss.
Sign Up Feb 1, 2023
Trail Shelter Renamed in Honor of Drew
Alaska State Parks has renamed the trail shelter cabin on the Chena Dome trail in honor of Drew Harrington, “A Friend to All Trail Users”.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
A crazily technical course featuring areas of no trail, pointy rocks, killer uphills and swampy lowlands along with a few bridge-less creek crossings.
…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!!
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.
…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…
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.