Catalina Eco-Marathon Set for Nov. 21

CATALINA ISLAND — The Catalina Eco Marathon, called the “Best Island Run,” is scheduled to return to the island, Nov. 21.

Runners will run – or walk – more than 26 miles of single track trails and ridgelines, taking in majestic views of the Pacific Ocean from both sides of the island.

Participants will run through three entirely different eco-systems and see the plant life and animal life in each.

Marathon runners will start and finish in Avalon.

The entry fee is $135 for the marathon and $45 for the 10K. The 10K run will begin at the fountain on Crescent Avenue; the marathon will start at the intersection of Sumner and Trenton streets.

With the marathon scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and the 10K to follow at 8:30 a.m., runners will have plenty of time to take the early Catalina Express boat out of Long Beach and make it to the start line for the beginning of the run.

The Catalina Eco Marathon takes place on a route traversing the inner roads and trails of the interior of Catalina Island. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, gels and other nutritional support as the marathon is now a cupless course. 

All marathon finishers receive a medal and a training shirt; all 10K runners will receive a shirt, and the top three in each age group will receive a medal.

Youngsters can race in the Kids Run for an entry fee of $10. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. All kids receive a finisher medal. 

Race day registration will take place on the Wrigley Stage next to the fountain and in the middle of town. The start line is just steps away, allowing runners to quickly register and prepare for the race.

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