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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.7
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
5
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4
The Catalina Island Half Marathon is the hardest race you will ever love! Experience the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the island’s wildlife. Sign up to run some of the most beautiful, rugged and breathtaking trails you will ever experience! This beautiful trail half marathon course starts runners … MORE
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    olau822 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Take the hour long boat ride in the morning of the race and it's a short walk to the fountain where the staging area is. Over 200 for the marathon … MORE

    Take the hour long boat ride in the morning of the race and it’s a short walk to the fountain where the staging area is. Over 200 for the marathon and 300 for the half. Also a 10k and kid race. Everything is within walking distance in the small town of Avalon.

    Course: very well marked with mile markers, very rare for a trail race. Very enthusiastic volunteers and well stocked stations. All unneeded was a bottle and refilled it every aid station about 2-3 mile apart. The biggest one is at mile 20 after their crush hill. Actually, the first climb during mile 2-3 to get atop the 2000 foot peak was tougher. But it’s quite flat from mile 5-18 with occassional rolling hills. But it’s quite steep at the beginning and end except for the first and last mile. Having poles would have helped for the steep parts. The only bad part was during mile 18? the fire roads where vehicles kick up a ton of dust except for the rangers who slowed down.

    Saw buffalo from across a dip in the valley at mile 6and again at 21when you backtrack on the way down to Avalon. Huge swooping turkey vultures at the peak too.

    Swag: long sleeve tech t and buffalo medal. Not much food afterwards but aid stations were great. There is a ice water pouring station around mile 15-16. Pizza at the end but only two pieces left and I arrived middle of the pack. But plenty of food options afterwards. Nice to see a band afterwards.

    It’s right in front of the harbor so you can relax at the beach or take a soak in the cold water.

    The scenery is nice but mostly cactus and chapparal.

    It’s nice that you can go the morning of the race by boat.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was my very first trail half and I would also rate this my most difficult half to date. The race starts late enough 8AM for the full 8:25 for … MORE

    This was my very first trail half and I would also rate this my most difficult half to date.
    The race starts late enough 8AM for the full 8:25 for the half, that you could take the boat over race morning. I suggest renting a house for the weekend or night to make it a bit more relaxing. The boat was about $70 round trip. So this race was a bit on the expensive side as well. Since it is an island everything is expensive and the restaurants charge about a dollar for small bottle of water…or you can go buy bottles by the liter at the super small grocery store 🙂
    This is a one and one for me. But I did have a great weekend and glad I gave it a try.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Romi REPEAT RUNNER '14

    Race starts up (1400) for about 3.25 miles. Then rolling hills for the next 7 miles with great views. This part includes part of the "Trans Catalina Trail", fun single … MORE

    Race starts up (1400) for about 3.25 miles. Then rolling hills for the next 7 miles with great views. This part includes part of the “Trans Catalina Trail”, fun single track. Down for the next 4 miles which is great with lots of shade. A little stinger hill gets you over the reservoir, following by 5 more run-able miles. At about 19, you have the “Catalina Crush.” Personally, I don’t refer mile 19 as the “Catalina Crush”, its more like Catalina’s Zombie Hill. When you go up it, everyone looks like zombies going up it. Although its less than a mile, its a shocker. But is it not the last hill that hurts. After the “Crush”, you meet up with Airport Road for a mile or so. Then back on the “Trans Catalina trail” for that last real hill for the course. At this time, I typically say to myself, “I am done with the climbing.” But there is some more rolling hills to get over and you will tackle a fun single track down in Hermit Gulch. Reach Avalon Canyon road then you have approx 1.5 miles to the finish.

    NOTE: Every year I do this race, my Garmin reads around 26.75 miles. Be aware of your pacing to your watch. Also has over 4000 of gain.

    Spectrum Sports does an awesome job with this race. Very cool people, and if we are lucky we will have Rudy Novonty or Andrea Kooiman as race announcers.

    Mike (RD) gives a pre race walk through the night before. One year someone asked if you have to worry about rattlesnakes. I thought to myself, you need to more worried about stepping in the Buffalo piles. Every year I do see Buffalo on the Eco, but not every year on the March Marathon. The March Marathon (Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon) has an easier course.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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