Catalina’s races and runs attract top competitors throughout the year

Running in Catalina Echo Marathon

Catalina Island is known for many things. Spectacular natural beauty. Mediterranean ambiance. Unique flora and fauna. Seaside charm. But for some of the world’s elite endurance athletes what Catalina Island is most famous for are its challenging races and runs.

Held throughout the year, Catalina Island races, including marathons, triathlons and runs challenge competitors with dramatic elevation changes and reward them with spectacular vistas. Competing in a run through Catalina Island’s backcountry provides a unique perspective and supports a range of local non-profit organizations, including the Catalina Island Conservancy.

One of the oldest races on Catalina Island is the Catalina Island Marathon, which has been held for nearly 40 years. Beginning in Two Harbors, on the island’s remote West End, the marathon takes runners across 26 miles of island wilderness before finishing in Avalon. The record for the course was set in 1991 by Catalina Island Marathon legend Bill McDermott, who finished that year with a time of two hours, 39 minutes and 58 seconds.

This year’s marathon is scheduled for Saturday, March 11. A 10K, 5K and Kids Run will be held in the same day, starting and finishing in Avalon. For more details or to sign up, visit the Catalina Island Marathon website.