Catalina Eco Marathon & Half

205 Crescent Ave, Avalon
Avalon, CA 90704

Running > Half Marathon, Marathon

Event Description

It’s the hardest race you will ever love!

Experience the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the island's wildlife. Sign up for either the 26.2 or the 13.1 miles and run some of the most beautiful, rugged and breathtaking trails you will ever experience!

All marathon and half marathon finishers receive a medal & shirt! All 10K runners receive a shirt and the overall finishers & top three in each age group receive a medal. All Kids will receive a finisher medal.

In cooperation with our host, Catalina Island Conservancy, the Catalina Eco Marathon & Half will be CUPLESS COURSES! For hydration, we will be offering participants the option to purchase a $5 Salomon reusable soft-cup or provide your own hydration system. Thank you for helping us reduce the footprint on the island!

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 Start Times for the Runs

The Marathon will start near the High School near Falls Canyon Road; the Half Marathon will start at Sumner Ave. You 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 your run.

Marathon – 8:00 am
* There will be an eight hour cut-off time for the marathon
Half Marathon--8:30 am
10K Run – 8:45 am
Kids Race -- 9:30 am

Start Line Map

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Marathon Course

The Catalina Eco Marathon is a trail marathon that traverses the inner the roads and trails of the interior of Catalina Island.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, gels and other nutritional support for use between support stations. Support Stations will have water, Electrolyte, candy, salt and other supplies for your use and nutrition.

This is a cupless event in keeping with the sensitivity of our host, Catalina Island Conservancy. 

There will be 11 stations out on the course, plus the post-race food at the finish line.  Water stations will be positioned approximately every 2 – 3 miles as follows (approximate mileage):

Mile Point (approximate)
Avalon Canyon at Start of Horse Trail
Mile 1.0
Divide Trail – just past Hermit Gulch Trail
Mile 3.2
 Airport Rd- SCE road exits
Mile 6.2
KBRT Trail at Gate
Mile 8.8
Bullrush Canyon Trail at Big Pond
Mile 11.5
Thompson Reservoir Gate
Mile 15.1
Cape Canyon Trail at split to Buffalo Pond
Mile 17.5
Top of Trail at Airport Road
Mile 19.0
Airport Rd-SCE road exits Mile 20.4
Hermit Gulch
Mile 23.6
Avalon Canyon at Start of Horse Trail
Mile 25.5

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Elevation Chart
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Conquer "Catalina Crush" Hill

Come earn your buffalo finisher medal by experiencing Catalina Crush, a famous hill at mile 19 of the marathon course.  After conquering the hill stop at the mile 19 aid station to gulp down an official Catalina Crush drink to re-energize! To best describe this hill to those of you that haven't ran it, check out this poem written by Scott Cline, a Catalina Eco Marathon legacy runner.

"For three years now, as I approach the base and look up at those people WAY up there at the top, I say a LITTLE PRAYER. While I'm on it, I think of my farm heritage and low-gear strength requirements TRACTOR PULL as as I start I always have HIGH HOPES that's when I get to the top I can feel the Ancient Roman victory cheer VENI_VIDI_VICI (I came- I saw- I conquered) and head on down to the aid station feast." Scott Cli

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