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Catalina Island Marathon

This event will feature the exciting and historic marathon course used largely since the first year on the Catalina Island Conservancy’s lands. This includes much of the rugged terrain, spectacular vistas and special challenges enjoyed by Hans Albrecht and friends in the earliest days of the event under his management and enhanced over the years.

Due to popular demand, we are excited to announce the Catalina Island Marathon will now be a CUPLESS COURSE! For hydration, we will be offering participants the option to purchase a $5 Salomon reusable soft-cup or provide your own hydration system. Reusble cups are available for purchace through registration online and on-site. All cups will be distributed at packet pick-up. Thank you for helping us reduce our footprint on the island!

Registration Fees:

Early Fee Through September 30th, 2015

$125 - Marathon

$30 - 10K

$30- 5K

$10 - Kid's Run

From OCTOBER 1st Through February 5th, 2016

$135 - Marathon 

$35 - 10K

$35 - 5K

$10 - Kid's Run

From February 6th Through March 19th, 2016

$145 - Marathon

$40 - 10K

$40 - 5K

$10 - Kid's Run 

Marathon Runners will receive:

  • Long Sleeve "Finisher" Shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • 2016  Finisher Year Bar

10K & 5K Participants will receive:

  • Short Sleeve Shirt 

Kids Run Participants will receive:

  • Kids Finisher Medal


Course Map:

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Course Records:


Male: Bill McDermott, 2:39:58 (1991)  
Female: Heather Fuhr 3:07:00 (2010)


Male: Peter Long 0:32:34 (2009)
Female: Sherri Ellerby 0:38:49 (2009)      


Male: Robert Grove 0:16:27 (2008)
Female: Jennifer Rubio 0:19:32 (2009)


Start Times:

-Marathon Walkers: 6:30 a.m. in Two Harbors 
-Marathon: 7:00 a.m. in Two Harbors
-Avalon 5K: 8:15 a.m. in Avalon
-Avalon 10K: 8:20 a.m. in Avalon
-Avalon Kids Run: 9:30 a.m. in Avalon

***There will be an 8 hour cut-off time for the Marathon.

***We will have a truck in Two Harbors for bag check. Please make sure that your drop bag has your name and bib number visible on it. All bags will be brought back to the finish line in Avalon. 

Packet Pick-Up Information:

Friday, March 18- AVALON
The Hotel Metropole, 205 Crescent Ave. Avalon, CA 90704
3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 18- TWO HARBORS
Harbor Reef Restaurant
3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

***You must indicate on your registration whether you will be picking your packet up in Avalon or at Two Harbors.

Saturday, March 19- AVALON
Marathon- 4:00a.m. Cruise Dock on the Mole (where you will catch the morning boat)--Only for those coming into Avalon on the 7:00 p.m. boat from Long Beach. 

5K, 10K & Kids Run: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. at Wrigley Stage (located at the bottom of Sumner Ave. next to the Green Pier)

Saturday, March 19- TWO HARBORS
5:30 a.m.- MARATHON ONLY



Marathon- Awards go to the top three male and female finishers in each age division, Clydesdale divisions, Athena divisions, and the Walker division. Awards will also be given to the overall top three male and female finishers. 

10K- Awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Overall awards for the top three overall male and female finishers

5K- Awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Overall awards for the top three overall male and female finishers



Option A: Travel to Avalon on Friday night via the Catalina Express, stay in Avalon Friday night and take the race morning boat from Avalon to Two Harbors.
You may purchase a race morning boat ticket for $25 from Avalon to Two Harbors when you register online. This is an additional cost to your race registration. The boat leaves from the "mole" in Avalon at 5:00AM. 

Option B: Travel to Two Harbors on Friday night via Catalina Express and stay the night in Two Harbors. You can pick up your bib Friday night or Saturday morning and be ready to go at the start line. Click here for lodging options in Two Harbors. 

Option C: Catalina Classic Cruises will provide transportation to Marathon runners from Long Beach to Two Harbors via Avalon for $30.00. This is a one way fare. Cash or check only. Located inside the Queen Mary parking lot, in the Catalina Express Terminal. Parking is $15 per day. Please call in advance for reservation or information: 562-495-3566

Departure from Long Beach: 2:15 am. Sat. March 14
Arrive Avalon: 4:15am (no one gets off the boat)
Depart Avalon to Two Harbors: 5:00am
Arrive Two Harbors: 6:00am

Important note: Separate ticket for return boat must be purchased from the Catalina Express going to Downtown Landing Terminal. Catalina Classic and Catalina Express are approx. 1 mile apart, ($7.00 taxi, or 15 minute walk).  Remember if you depart from the Queen Mary terminal, you will return to the Catalina Express Downtown Landing terminal.”

Option D: Travel to Catalina with Island Express Helicopters. Island Express Helicopters offers transportation to Avalon and Two Harbors utilizing their S76 helicopter which holds up to 9 passagers the day before the race. Located next to the Queen Mary, the rate from Long Beach to Avalon is $125 per person each way. Island Express is also offering a special marathoner rate to Two Harbors for $125 per person each way from Long Beach to Two Harbors. Travel to Avalon or Two Harbors the day before the race and depart from Avalon after the race.

10K, 5K, and Kids Run-
Travel to Avalon on the 6:15 a.m. Catalina Express and pick up your registration at Wrigley Stage.


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Finisher Pins and Bars

All marathon participants will receive their "2014" finisher pin once they complete the marathon. For those completing their first Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon, starter pins will be available for $5.

Dave Avery's Blog

Just before Mile 3, I turned off the fire road onto a single track trail and was brought face to face with a pair of buffalo. This lovely lady was standing about 10 feet away from me, posing stoically until.... She decided she didn't like me standing there and she reared up and started to CHARGE RIGHT AT ME! Walking poles in hand I backed away and started to wave them like a mad man. At which point Lady Buffalo turned away and started to trot the opposite direction, Mister Buffalo following along....

Read Dave's complete blog

Jake Rome's Blog

With no exaggeration, the 2007 Catalina Marathon was my best race ever, 4:28 and I'm sure I beat some guys who ran 3:00-3:30 marathons on flat courses. I returned the next 4 years, each one a different sort of adventure.

Read Jake's complete blog

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March 19, 2016
Catalina Island, Avalon, CA

Marathon • 10K • 5K • Kids Run




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Official Race Photos!

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2015 Catalina March Marathon Medal

2015 Marathon Finisher's Medal

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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..