ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina

Our tribute to America and to the cradle of endurance sports
February 29 – March 1, 2020

This Swimrun location is exceptional. A stone’s throw from the 18 million people in Los Angeles you will find the landscape of Jurassic Park.

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Natalie Foote / ÖTILLÖ
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
Destination partners
  • Catalina Island Visitors Bureau
  • Catalina Island Company
  • Catalina Island Conservancy
  • City of Avalon
  • USC Wrigley Institute
Suppliers
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Dryrobe

About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina

Catalina Island is like a dream. An island just 21 nautical miles off the California coast with endless outdoor and Swimrun possibilities. A rugged island with a 650- meter vertical drop from the highest point to the sea. Lots of bays, pebbled beaches and crystal- clear waters abundant with fish.

In the early spring the island is green, the wild flowers are blooming and the contrasts are beautiful.

Catalina Island sounds far away but it is actually very accessible. From Los Angeles international airport it is a short car ride to Long Beach, one of the ferry ports, where you catch the ferry and within 90 minutes you are on the island. This means that you can arrive in Los Angeles early afternoon and be on the island in time for dinner. A new favourite place in the world.

If you have never been to Catalina, then the place itself is worth the trip. It is an Swimrun heaven, close to the mainland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. The West Coast of the island is wild. Along the course you will meet many friends, especially the bright orange Garibaldi fish.

Catalina is where the buffalo roam free. Where the two beautiful little communities are enclosed and where nature is so much bigger than man.

The races

This race course will be up to the highest of ÖTILLÖ swimrun standards. It will be hard and magnificent.

The World Series course has everything; lots of vertical climbs and descents, lots of swimming, fantastic trailrunning, lots of wild nature, no people and an abundance of fish on the swims. It is hard to say if it is a runners course or if it is a swimmers course, we think it is a swimrunners course.

A total of 37,7 km with 7 swims of which the longest is 1 600 metres. A total of almost 8 000 metres of swimming. Do not take the swims lightly.

The race starts and finishes in the small hamlet of Two Harbors towards the west end of Catalina Island. We will transport all the racers to Two Harbors with a chartered ferry from Avalon and back. Spectators will be able to get other sea transportation back and forth.

The race will start with some running and swimming sections around Two Harbors with a visit to the USC Wrigley Marine Research Centre before going up into the hills towards the West end with breath-taking hills and views. After almost going to the Westernmost tip you will run and swim in and around coves coming all the way back to a finish in Two Harbors on the beach. Along the course we will have cut-off points for those not fast enough to make it before dark.

Make sure that you are a strong swimmer and a strong hill runner to be able to enjoy this course and the incredible views. It will be a massive race.

Course details
  • 37,7 km
  • 7 swims
  • 20% swimming
  • +1 315 m vertical
Entry fee
  • Early bird (until 2019-07-24)
  • 690 USD
  • Normal fee (until 2020-02-19)
  • 750 USD
  • Late entry (until 2020-02-25)
  • 850 USD
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The ÖTILLÖ Sprint Catalina is the perfect swimrun race for those of you who feel that the World Series is too much or for those who want to go fast. Traditionally we have everything from very strong racers to absolute beginner swimrunners doing the sprint distances. You will experience the beauty of Catalina, the clarity of the water and the beautiful trails.

The course is on flatter ground with hardly any vertical compared to the World Series course. It will be about 15 km with 4 swims. The course will start and finish in Two Harbors. The longest swim is 1 400 metres. You will be able to get a ferry connection to and from the mainland for the race or to and from Avalon if you are staying for the weekend.

SOLO

Sometimes your partner is sick or injured or you cannot find someone to participate with you or you just want to race alone. We are giving you the option to participate in either the Sprint or the Experience distance as an individual.

Solo ÖTILLÖ-style means that we will give you an inflatable buoy to bring along the course so you are not alone in the water.

Course details
  • 14,9 km
  • 4 swims
  • 21% swimming
Entry fee Team/Solo
  • Early bird (until 2019-07-24)
  • 260/175 USD
  • Normal fee (until 2020-02-19)
  • 300/200 USD
  • Late entry (until 2020-02-27)
  • 350/225 USD
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The Experience distance is exactly what the name implies, a swimrun experience for those completely new to the sport or for those not ready to compete over bigger distances.

In Catalina you will experience the beautiful nature, the clear water and the very friendly atmosphere of an ÖTILLÖ race. Come alone or come as a team and enjoy the ÖTILLÖ Experience. The course is 7,8 km long with 3 swims, of which the longest is 800 metres.

SOLO

Sometimes your partner is sick or injured or you cannot find someone to participate with you or you just want to race alone. We are giving you the option to participate in either the Sprint or the Experience distance as an individual.

Solo ÖTILLÖ-style means that we will give you an inflatable buoy to bring along the course so you are not alone in the water.

Course details
  • 7,8 km
  • 3 swims
  • 21% swimming
Entry fee Team/Solo
  • Early bird (until 2019-07-24)
  • 175/90 USD
  • Normal fee (until 2020-02-19)
  • 200/100 USD
  • Late entry (until 2020-02-27)
  • 225/110 USD
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Photo: Kurt Hoy / ÖTILLÖ

Schedule for the weekend

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
23:59Last day to enter and make team changes for ÖTILLÖ World Series Catalina. Changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Thursday, February 27th, 2020
23:59Last day to enter and make changes for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience races. Changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Friday, February 28th, 2020
13:00-15:00#cleantheocean activity - Two-hour joint trash search and collect in Avalon
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
09:30-11:00Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
10:00MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
11:30Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo – Two Harbors
12:15Start ÖTILLÖ Experience Team & Solo – Two Harbors
13:15First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
13:20First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
13:40Cut-off for ÖTILLÖ Sprint at Isthmus Harbor Beach
15:30Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
16:00-17:45Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Casino Theatre, Avalon
16:45-17:45Wine & cheese welcome drink – Casino Theatre, Avalon
17:45MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Casino Theatre, Avalon
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
07:00Chartered ferry to Two Harbors from Avalon. 45 minute ride
09:15Start ÖTILLÖ World Series – Two Harbors
11:05Cut-off 1 at Two Harbors
13:20Cut-off 2 at Parsons Landing
14:00First team across the finish line
16:15Cut-off 3 at Isthmus Harbor Beach
17:30Last team across the finish line
14:30-18:00Burgers & beer ÖTILLÖ World Series – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
18:00Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series – The Reef restaurant
18:45Load chartered ferry back to Avalon. Bar open on-board
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green