Support the Catalina Island Conservancy
By participating in the Catalina Island Marathon or the Catalina Island Half Marathon, you will be supporting the work of the Catalina Island Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization working to help keep Catalina wild.
Founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization, the Catalina Island Conservancy is one of the oldest private land trusts in Southern California. It protects 88 percent of Catalina Island, including more than 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and secluded coves—the longest publicly accessible stretch of undeveloped coastline left in Southern California. Catalina Island is home to more than 60 plant, animal, and insect species found nowhere else in the world.
The Conservancy is a leader in conservation and education programs that protect, restore, and promote the sustainable use of natural resources for present and future generations. Their commitment to accessibility provides a wealth of active recreational opportunities from mild to wild for all ages.
Some exciting successes of the Conservancy in recent years include the expansion and enhancement of the trail system which includes 27 miles of new and enhanced trails and 8 new restrooms among the Island's 165 miles of recreational roads and trails, the resurgence of the Catalina Island Fox from near extinction to a population of over 2047, the removal of damaging invasive plants and ongoing native habitat restoration, and keeping the iconic bison at the ideal herd size.