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Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K

March 10, 2023 - March 11, 2023


Falling into our “bucket list” trail running events, the Catalina Island Marathon is one to check off your list. California’s oldest trail marathon in one of the most beautiful locations in the world is an event that checks off boxes you wouldn’t expect to exist all in one race. On top of its famous “wine mixer,” Catalina, an island 26 miles off the California Coast, is known for its epic views, unique terrain, and wildlife. The course starts in Two Harbors, cuts through the middle of the island, and ends in Avalon, including wide roads, challenging climbs, and only three miles of pavement. The event also offers 10k and 5k providing a super-inclusive atmosphere and unbeatable location.

Given the island’s location, you’ll need to plan early.  One option is to travel to Avalon on Friday night via the Catalina Express, stay in Avalon Friday night, and take the race morning boat from Avalon to Two Harbors.  Another option is to travel to Two Harbors on Friday night via Catalina Express and stay the night in Two Harbors. You can pick up your bib Friday night or Saturday morning and be ready to go at the start line.  You can catch the Catalina Express from either Long Beach, Dana Point, or San Pedro.  Finally, short a private boat, helicopter options (Island Express Helicopters) fly from the Queen Mary heliport or Orange County.

As for lodging options, hotels and rentals aren’t overly plentiful, so plan well in advance.  The organizer has arranged discounts for event participants at the Hermosa Hotel and the Catalina Canyon Inn.  Complete event/travel packages are available from Absolutely Amazing Travel.



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