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Double Buffalo Medal

Run the Catalina Island Marathon in March and the Catalina Eco-Marathon in November and earn a Double Buffalo Medal!!



Welcome to Run Catalina! With its 50 miles of rugged coastline and more than 42,000 acres of sweeping valleys, rocky hillsides, and oak-covered plateaus, Catalina Island has long been one of Southern California’s most popular natural attractions. Now, with five major annual running events, Catalina Island has become an ideal destination for endurance athletes. 

Runners can find events on Catalina Island that suit their every need!  For the off-road and trail lovers, the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon and the Catalina Island Eco-Marathon offer spectacular views and beautiful scenery amidst challenging terrain.  For the ultra-marathon runners, the Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run is one of the country’s most challenging and scenic 50 milers. Athletes looking for a more moderate experience can enjoy the Catalina Island Conservancy Half-Marathon. Finally, for tri-athletes the Catalina Island Triathlon is the perfect end of season race.

Whichever race you are interested in, Run Catalina is your one stop shop for Catalina Island endurance events. Featuring everything from fun things to do while on the island to travel and hotel information, Run Catalina is a great resource to plan your next trip to the Island. You can also register online for any of Catalina Island’s upcoming races. So explore Run Catalina and find out more about one of the most impressive locations in endurance racing!   

Why run on Catalina Island? Read why Bob Babbitt loves running on the island so much in his article Back_to_School.pdf -Bob Babbitt/Competitor Magazine

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Catalina Island Support

By participating in either the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon or the Catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon, you will also be supporting the work of the Catalina Island Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization working to keep Catalina Wildlands wild

Some exciting successes of the Conservancy in recent years include the leading-edge introduction of bison contraception to manage the iconic Catalina herd, the recovery of the Catalina Island Fox from near extinction, opening of the 37.2 mile Trans-Catalina Trail, and increasing the amount of youth served by education programs.

A portion of your registration fee for this event entitles you to the benefits of Conservancy membership at the E-Pal MEMBERSHIP level, which includes a complimentary subscription to the Conservancy's online e-newsletter and the annual mailing of the Conservancy Times.

Plus, all expenses associated with your  participation in this charitable race may be fully tax deductible. Click here to learn how.


Make a Donation

The Catalina Island Conservancy makes it possible for people to experience the renewing power of nature by protecting and restoring one of the world's ecological treasures. The Conservancy's Nature Preserve is one of the largest wild areas in Southern California, and includes the region's longest stretch of undeveloped coastline. When you support the Conservancy, we're proud to report that 100 percent of your gift goes to conservation, education and recreation programs aimed at keeping Catalina wild for today and for future generations to enjoy.

Adopt a Species

 Through our new Adopt a Species program, you can play a leading role in wildlife protection and management on Catalina Island. Choose a "symbolic adoption" from among four of Catalina’s iconic and endemic species: 

Starting at just $100, you can partner with Conservancy wildlife biologists to  protect these and other Island species and help them continue to thrive!

Adopting a Species makes a great gift for a great cause!

Become a Member

We are excited to annouce new membership levels and benefits, and a newly debuted Conservancy Rewards Partners program which provides membersexclusive discounts at area merchants.

Your membership will help save animal species on the verge of extinction, protect and restore rare and endangered plants, and maintain unique habitats for all to enjoy.  

Plus, it's a membership with benefits! 

Make a difference on Catalina AND enjoy special member privileges and discounts. 

If you choose to join by mail, please print out, complete and mail back the  
membership application (PDF).

For more information or questions about membership, please contact Kathy Perriman at (310) 510-2595, ext. 114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..