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California > Buffalo Run Half Marathon
Catalina Island, CA



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Event Details

Called "the ultimate in trail running" by race organizers, the Buffalo Run Half Marathon takes runners on a hilly, challenging up-and-down trail route through the hills of Santa Catalina Island, which lies just off the coast of California's Huntington Beach.

Made up of a mix of some stretches of paved roads with rocky and hilly terrain on trails through the eastern end of the island, the race is also part of the American Trail Championship series of races, which also includes the Catalina Marathon and the Rose Bowl Half Marathon.

From the starting line in the town of Avalon, which lies in a cove on the island's eastern side facing the mainland, the race follows an out-and-back loop course in a clockwise fashion, proceeding out along Sumner Avenue toward Beacon Street, Canyon Terrace Road and Wrigley Road. Runners follow the course all the way around and southward along Avalon Canyon Road, and back into town for the finish. All told, runners will experience a roughly 1,600-foot elevation change over the course of the trail race, which starts at sea level and finishes at sea level.

This course is a very challenging, hilly course and includes about eight miles along dirt fire roads to the descent back into Avalon, Calif. The race's first two miles and last two miles are on pavement.

Race Weather & Climate

Located just off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island (commonly known as Catalina Island) enjoys mild and mostly dry weather conditions virtually year-round, with plenty of sunshine and few clouds. In January, average monthly temperatures range between 65°F and 49°F, while rainfall amounts average about 2.76 inches for the month.


$90 for the half marathon, if registered by October 31, 2010
$110 between November 1 - January 22, 2011


To reserve your spot in the winter 2011 running of Santa Catalina Island's Buffalo Run Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.



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