Announcement from American Trail Running Association member Spectrum Sports Management.
Spectrum Sports Management announces that moving forward the Catalina Island Marathon will be known as the California Trail Marathon Championship. The marathon will continue to take place on Catalina Island with this years date on March 12, 2022.
In its 40th year, the Catalina Marathon is the oldest trail marathon in California and third oldest in the country. The course travels to sea level on four different occasions and in between has net elevation gain of over 4500 feet.
“The Catalina Island Marathon is simply the best and most scenic off-road marathon on the planet,” commented Bob Babbitt, USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductee, Ironman Hall of Fame Inductee and Co-Founder Competitor Magazine, Babbittville Radio and ‘Breakfast with Bob’ host. “When you put together wild buffalo, spectacular ocean views and climbing over 4,000 feet, you end up with an unforgettable running experience. It’s about time the Catalina Island Marathon has been designated as California’s Off-Road Marathon Championship. No event deserves this designation more!”
“The Catalina Island Marathon is the greatest trail running in California; long, tough uphills, views of the Pacific Ocean around every turn, bald eagles, bison and Catalina Island Fox, running at sea level and running on ridgelines. We cannot think of a better venue to bring together the trail running community of California and our surrounding states,” said Mike Bone, President of Spectrum Sports Management, Inc.
The course record is still held by ‘Buffalo’ Bill McDermott who has won the race 13 times and set the standing course record in 1991 of 2:39:58.
“We are looking forward the best of the best coming to Catalina to challenge and eventually break Buffalo Bill’s record,” said Bone.
About Spectrum Sports Management
A recognized leader in endurance and sporting events in Southern California, Spectrum Sports Management and Timing Services creates a wide range of events with over 50 years of collective industry experience. Spectrum Sports Management emphasizes delivering a premiere, professional and world class service to our clients, our participants, and the communities in which we work. For more info, please see http://www.spectrumsports.net.