The island of Catalina is a gem just off the southern coast of California. Being a popular tourist attraction for those who want to get out of the hectic life in Los Angeles. This is the perfect swimrun retreat, with beautiful and varied trail running as well as crystal-clear waters full of marine life. Welcome, to Ötillö swimrun Catalina!
Travel to Catalina
Although it seems far off the beaten path, it is easy to travel to Catalina. We suggest that you fly to Los Angeles, and from LAX, travel by car to the ferries. The ride will take you about 90 minutes.
The ferries can be a bit choppy, so if you get seasick, as a safety measure you should take something for the fare, it can be bumpy.
There are two cities on the island, Avalon and Two Harbours. The start and finish of the race are in Two Harbours. There will be a chartered ferry traveling from Avalon to Two harbors on race day for the world series. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes.
Most racers will be staying in Avalon.
Here are a couple of hotels that offer special Ötillö swimrun Catalina discounts: The Atwaters, The Pavillion and the Mt. Ada.
Not to miss
The Catalina island, due to its remoteness, hosts at least fifty indigenous species. The flora is rich and varied and will be blooming during the race weekend.
Something that is very special about Catalina is the Bison herd. Brought to the island by movie director Zane Grey to be in his movie The vanishing American. And after production left by the movie company, they populated the island, Nowadays, the population is kept at around 150 individuals. Fun fact, the scenes showing the bison didn’t end up in the movie due to production costs.
Follow the race
Go to the Reef restaurant in Two Harbors, the racers will start, finish and pass there multiple times.
Not on Catalina? Follow the race via Ötillö’s site for live coverage!
Train for Ötillö swimrun Catalina
Catalina has a lot of vertical, don’t take that part of the race lightly. We suggest that you in addition to a solid base in swimrun training also put in extra time for your running strength.