Every January for the more than three decades, some of the top long distance runners in the world come to Avalon. These elite athletes will be challenging themselves and each other across Catalina Island for the annual Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run. Nearly the length of two marathons, the Avalon 50 Mile Run course will takes runners from Avalon to Two Harbors – and back again.
The race will begin in Avalon on Jan. 10. Runners will set out up Avalon Canyon and from there ascend onto the high ridgeline above town. They will be challenged by both the island’s rugged terrain and sheer distance of the race. Along the course, volunteers will provide water, electrolyte replacement and energy sources such as fruit and candies. Turning around just past Two Harbors, the racers will face the grueling return to Avalon and the finish line.
Over the years, the “Benefit” portion of the Avalon 50 Mile Benefit Run has raised tens of thousands of dollars for various island charities. Beneficiaries include the Catalina Island Medical Center, scholarships for Avalon High School students and the Catalina Island Conservancy.
The 50 Mile Benefit Run is organized by Spectrum Sports. For more information, including registration details, visit their website.