Catalina Connection

Runners of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy California’s oldest trail marathon, Catalina Island Marathon

CATALINA ISLAND — On-water enthusiasts might want to hang up their sea legs for a day in exchange for their land ones to participate in the 41st annual Catalina Island Marathon.

On Sat., Mar. 10, Catalina Island Conservancy will host this challenging and eventful marathon, beginning Catalina Harbor and ending at Sumner at Arcade Entrance. The other categories, 5K, 10K and Kid’s Run, will begin in Avalon.

Considered a “bucket-list” marathon for runners, some of the challenges participants will encounter are rugged terrain and climbs, not to mention the beautiful scenery experienced darting across Catalina Island.

Participants who finish the marathon will receive a few goodies such as a long-sleeve shirt, finisher medal and finisher year bar. 10K and 5K participants will receive a short-sleeve shirt and Kid’s Run participants will receive a Finisher Medal.

In order to avoid waste on the island, Catalina Island Marathon will be a cupless course. Complimentary Hydrapak reusable soft-cups will be provided for participants, but runners may also provide their own hydration system.

Registration for the race runs through Fri., Mar. 11 and costs $145 for Marathon runners, $45 for 10K runners, $40 for 5K runners and $10 for the Kid’s Run.

Start times for the race are as follows: Marathon Walkers begin at 6:30 a.m.; Marathon runners at 7 a.m.; 5K at 8:15 a.m.; 10K at 8:20 a.m.; Kid’s Run at 9:30 a.m. An 8-hour cut-off time will be enforced for the marathon.

A marathon route map, available on the official website and created in partnership with Spectrum Sports and Catalina Island Conservancy, shows the trail as well as aid stations, dirt roads, biking paths and a few notable destination markers such as Eagles Nest Lodge and Little Harbor Campground.

To learn more about Catalina Island Marathon, including packet pick-up, travel plans, and a full-color, downloadable course map, visit the website at

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