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
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
13:59 Last 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
13:59 Last 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
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
09:30-10:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
10:30 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 & Experience – 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

Ferry schedule to and from the start in Two Harbors.

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, directly to Two Harbors (arrival 9:15). This is the ferry you must take if coming from the mainland. 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.
 
From Avalon
– 8:00 AM departure with The Cyclone, directly to Two Harbors. ONLY racers as there is limited space. This is the ferry you must take from Avalon if you are racing.
 
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
 
Returns from Two Harbors to Avalon
–  9:15 AM. The Cyclone
– 12:15 PM. The Cyclone
– 4:45 PM. The Cyclone
 
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 on the website (which we recommend):
 
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 before-hand on the website (which we recommend):

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.

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