Feb 29 2020
ÖTILLÖ Sprint Catalina
Length: 14.9 km
Location: Santa Catalina Island
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 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 14,9 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.
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.