ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina

Spectator information
Pierre Mangez
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
Timing partner
  • Garmin
Suppliers
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina is a perfect race weekend for friends and family as we pass through Two Harbors several times in each race. Avalon is a quaint little town to spend a couple of days in if you do not want to watch the races.

Schedule

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
23:59 Last day to enter and make team changes for ÖTILLÖ World Series Catalina. Changes must be sent to info@otilloswimrun.com.
Thursday, February 27th, 2020
23:59 Last day to enter and make changes for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience races. Changes must be sent to info@otilloswimrun.com.
Friday, February 28th, 2020
15:30 #Cleantheocean activity in Avalon – Open for everyone. Meeting place: The Trailhead
16:30 Social Swimrun, in Avalon – Open for everyone, NOT competitive. Meeting place: The Trailhead
18:30 Social gathering in Avalon. Drinks, snacks and fun hosted by Vivobarefoot & ARK. Open for everyone, 75 persons limit. Must be booked in advance via the Facebook event. Venue: The Toyon Grill
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
09:15-10:45 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
10:45 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
11:30 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience Team & Solo – Two Harbors
12:30 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
13:00-15:30 Burgers & beer ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
13:20 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
13:40 Cut-off for ÖTILLÖ Sprint at Isthmus Harbor Beach
15:30 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
17:30-19:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Casino Theatre, Avalon
18:00-19:00 Wine & cheese welcome drink – Casino Theatre, Avalon
19:00 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Casino Theatre, Avalon
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
07:00 Chartered ferry to Two Harbors from Avalon. 45 minute ride
09:15 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series – Two Harbors
11:05 Cut-off at Time 2 Two Harbors
14:00 Cut-off at Time 5 Emerald Bay
14:00 First team across the finish line
16:30 Cut-off at Time 7 Isthmus Harbor Beach
17:30 Last team across the finish line
14:30-18:00 Burgers & beer ÖTILLÖ World Series – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
18:00 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series – The Reef restaurant
18:45 Load chartered ferry back to Avalon. Bar open on-board

Travel

Catalina Island is reached by ferry from Mainland California. Catalina Island ferry terminals are found in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point with timetables found here. If you are sensitive to seasickness we recommend that you take medication before travel.

For those planning to participate in the Saturday races (Sprint & Experience) in Two Harbors we will have a special ferry service from the Catalina Express Ferry Terminal in San Pedro in the morning of the race and returning in the afternoon of the race. To make sure you can be at all functions and participate in the races. Check out the ferry schedule in the below menu.

For the Sunday World Series race you need to be in Avalon no later than 17:30 on Saturday for registration, the welcome drink and the MANDATORY race briefing. You should plan Saturday and Sunday evening in Avalon. We will transport you to Two Harbors for the race and back.

National and International air travel is recommended to Los Angeles (LAX) from where it is easy to take a car service to the ferry terminals. Count 90 minutes to the San Pedro ferry terminal from LAX so that you have plenty of time.

Please read this article in SwimrunLife Magazine for more info

UPDATED Ferry schedule to and from the start in Two Harbors.

ALL UPDATES IN RED
 
Transportation to and from the start in Two Harbors for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina weekend
The following times are available for transfers to the start and from the finish in Two Harbors
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY  29, 2020
 
From San Pedro (mainland)
– 8:00 AM departure with Catalina Express, to Two Harbors via Avalon (Departure from Avalon 09:15, arrival Two Harbors 10:15). This is the ferry you must take if coming from the mainland. Make reservations from the mainland here: Catalina Express Sales Office at (310) 519-7971 ext. 4 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm PST only.  Reservations cannot be made online.
 
From Avalon booking:  at the Catalina Express ticket booth in Avalon, In the harbor. Round trip only.
 
From Avalon
– 8:00 AM departure with The Cyclone, directly to Two Harbors. ONLY racers  – Fully booked
 
 9:15 am with the Catalina Express. WILL TAKE YOU ON TIME TO THE START. Must be booked at the Catalina Express ticket booth in Avalon.In the harbor. Round trip only.
 
On Saturday there will be plenty of ferries for friends and family who want to watch the races from Avalon.
– 10 AM. Catalina Express. This is the ferry if you want to see the start.
– 11 AM, The Cyclone. If you want to see the first teams finish.
– 2:30 PM. The Cyclone. If you want to see the prize giving
 
The one-way route   “Two Harbors-Avalon” with Catalina Express is only available for purchase at the Visitors Center in Two Harbors one hour before departure. There will be space.
 
Returns from Two Harbors to Avalon
–  9:15 AM. The Cyclone
– 12:15 PM. The Cyclone
– 4:30 PM, The Catalina Express (booked at the visitors center in Two Harbors one hour before departure) – there will be space.
– 4:45 PM. The Cyclone –Fully booked
 
Return from Two Harbors to San Pedro (mainland)
– 5 PM, Catalina Express. Make reservations here: Catalina Express Sales Office at (310) 519-7971 ext. 4 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm PST only.  Reservations cannot be made online.
 
NOTE: None of these ferry options are included in your entry fee.
 
Buy your tickets for the Cyclone in the following ways:
At an Island Company ticket booth in Avalon, on the Green Pier in Avalon where the Cyclone departs or before-hand or call the reservations department, +1 (877) 778-8322.
 
SUNDAY, MARCH 1st, 2020
Chartered ferry from Avalon only. No option from the mainland as you have to be part of race briefing Saturday evening.
 
– 7 AM – DEPARTURE – Racers and staff primarily. There is space for friends and family and you can buy your ferry ticket during Registration at the Casino in Avalon, 25 USD return trip. Cash only. Racers use their bib as ticket.
 
For friends and family (at your own cost)
– 8 AM. The Cyclone. This will take you to the start in time to see the teams leave. 100 persons max
– 11 AM, The Cyclone. In good time for the first finishes. 100 persons max
– 2:30 PM. The Cyclone. In time for the last teams and the closing ceremonies
– 5 PM. The Cyclone. In time for the Prize giving
 
Return to Avalon
– 9:15 AM. The Cyclone
– 12:15 PM. The Cyclone
– 3:45 PM. The Cyclone
– 6:45 PM. The Cyclone
 
– 6:45 PM. Chartered ferry. Racers and staff primarily. There is space for friends and family and you can buy your ferry ticket during Registration at the Casino in Avalon, 25 USD return trip. Cash only. Racers use their bib as ticket.
 
Buy your tickets for the Cyclone in the following ways:
At an Island Company ticket booth in Avalon, on the Green Pier in Avalon where the Cyclone departs or call the reservations department, +1 (877) 778-8322.
 

Accommodation

For bookings at the following hotels at Catalina:

  • Atwater Hotel (Avalon)
  • Pavilion Hotel (Avalon)
  • Mt. Ada (Avalon)
  • Banning House (Two Harbors)

Use the code “Swimrun” for a 10% reduction of the off-season rate.

Restaurants that are open

As ÖTILLÖ Catalina is on a ”winter weekend” not all restaurants are open for dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Below you will find a list of restaurants, we strongly suggest that you make a reservation ahead of time so you do not miss out on dinner on Saturday and Sunday when you are done with the race briefing or back in Avalon from the Sunday race.

Mi Casita
Open 10:30am – 7pm
111 Clarissa Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1772

NDMK
Open 11am – 9pm
109 Clarissa Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1275

Avalon Grille
Open 5pm – 8:30pm
423 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-7494

Steve’s Steakhouse & Seafood
Open 5pm – 8:30pm
417 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0333

El Galleon
411 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1188

Bluewater Avalon
Open 11:30am – 7pm
306 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-3474

Toyon Grill
708 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-8599

Lobster Trap
Open 4pm – 8:30pm
128 Catalina Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-8585

Coyote Joes
113 Catalina Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1176

Luau Larry’s
509 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1919

Three Palms Arcade
Open 11am – 10pm
205 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0967

The Cove
Open 5pm – 9pm Call for reservations
Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island
11 Cabrillo Dr, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-2683

Antonios Cabaret
Reservation required through Israel Cardenez
230 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0008

Coney Island
205 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0763

Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co
Open 5am – 7pm
205 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-2447

Original Jack’s
118 Catalina Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1308

Cafe Metropole
113 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-9095

Bistro at the Atwater
119 Sumner Avenue Suite G, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-7414

Original Antonio’s
114 Sumner Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0060

Maggie’s Blue Rose
417 B Crescent Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-3300

Pancake Cottage
615 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0726
Muriel, said she could open for dinner for Otillo. Please stop by or give her a call. Thanks,

Spectator points

For both Saturday and Sunday the Reef restaurant is a perfect place to see the start, the finish and part of the race.

If you want to walk out and see other parts we recommend walking to Cat Harbor or to Lion’s Head.

Weather on Catalina Island

In the end of February and the beginning of March the spring has started on Catalina with usually dry, sunny weather. Outside temperature is close to 18 degrees and this means that it will be warmer in the sun. Water temperatures are between 13 – 14 degrees C.

Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold weather, make sure you bring clothes to handle this.

The water in the Pacific is salty, this has an advantage as you will have more flotation, and it also has a disadvantage and that is the possibility for chafing during the race. Make sure you prepare areas that rub so you enjoy both the beginning and the end of the race.

Media production

During each race we make a big media production for social media and traditional media. You will see photographers, reporters and film teams along the course. If you have any personal media contacts that would like to have material from us please email to media.requests@otilloswimrun.com.

We will cover the ÖTILLÖ World Series Catalina LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otillocatalina to tag our posts, please do so too. Our images that we post from the race are free to use for you as racers but not allowed for commercial use to promote other products or events.

ÖTILLÖ Merchandise

As you might know we have some ÖTILLÖ branded goods. These can be found on our website

Our partners will be in the event area at the finish line with products on-site.

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green