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Catalina Island Annual Events & Festivals
Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run (January)
The 31st Annual Run crosses Catalina Island from Avalon to Two Harbors and back! Run where the buffalo roam through the island’s interior and see both sides of the island.
31st Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup (February)
This is the only time scuba diving is allowed in Avalon Bay, with 500+ expected volunteer divers collecting trash and debris. Awards ceremony follows on Wrigley Stage with prizes & giveaways.
Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon (March)
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.
Catalina Mountain Bike Gran Fondo and Festival (May)
Calling all mountain bikers. Come experience trails that have never been open to mountain biking in this unique event opportunity. Multiple route options suitable for beginners to experts ranging from 10-65 mile loops. Ride includes majestic island views single track trails winding through epic backcountry as you learn why the interior of the Island is such a sacred jewel.
Annual Catalina Island Triathlon (November )
Swim it, Bike it, Run it, Tri it! Experience the beauty of Catalina Island and the City of Avalon with the perfect end of season triathlon
Los Angeles Times Article: Catalina calls from across the water
Published: July 22, 2012
Written by: Jordan Rane
The island, just 26 miles across the sea, as the song goes, is an easy-to-reach getaway for lovers of nature and relaxation.
Ferrying to Santa Catalina Island — just you, that special someone and an upper deck brimming with buoyant kids, chiding parents and assorted Jimmy Buffett look-alikes — isn't exactly a secret on any summer Friday. L.A.'s fabled leisure isle hosts more than 1 million visitors each year, and by the looks of those lines at the waffle-cone place, the throngs at the Green Pleasure Pier and the buzzing golf carts in downtown Avalon, many of them are hitting it right now. Should that deter you? Nah — it's all fun. But it might inspire a little solitude strategizing without resorting to hiding out in Two Harbors or (more drastic) hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail.
Most of this deceivingly huge island is gorgeous, rugged outback managed by the Catalina Island Conservancy (125 Clarissa Ave, http://www.catalinaconservancy.org), which stewards more than 40,000 acres of rolling interior, where bison outnumber people, as well as 50 miles of frothing coastline that wouldn't look out of place in Big Sur. Taking a Conservancy Jeep Eco-Tour, led by a naturalist, is the best way to get an off-road glimpse without a backpack and compass.