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
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Dryrobe

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.


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.

The ferry times and online ticket sales for this special ferry service will open no later than January 10th, 2020. There will be space for all the Saturday racers.

For the Sunday World Series race you need to be in Avalon no later than 16:00 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


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