AVALON — The 34th annual Avalon Benefit 50-mile Run is coming to Santa Catalina Island Jan. 10, giving runners a chance at one of the most challenging and scenic 50-mile races in the country.
With no cars, no traffic and clear skies, the race’s unique setting on Catalina’s rough and rugged terrain is a great opportunity for runners to enjoy the island’s views and even a buffalo sighting or two.
The race course starts and finishes in Avalon, with runners making the turnaround at Two Harbors’ Isthmus Cove. Along the route, there are eight aid stations placed on the trail that will provide bottled water, cola, bananas, electrolyte replacement, gummy bears and some surprise food items.
All proceeds from entry fees and sponsored mileage go to charity. The event is a fundraiser for the Avalon Lions Club. Through this event, the club helps support Avalon Hospital, Avalon High School scholarships, Catalina Conservancy and the Bill Putnam Health Care Fund.
As a benefit run, the event relies on runners to submit sponsor pledge sheets to raise funds for the charities.
The entry fee for the race is $100. Different age groups are assigned and finisher medals are awarded to each runner. The race begins at 5 a.m. at Crescent and the Pier in Avalon.
For more information or to register, call (909) 399-3553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.