Thursday, February 25, 2010

Buffalo Run Half Marathon on Catalina Isl/CA this Saturday

AVALON, Calif. - (February 22, 2010) - With its biggest field in years, the 11th Buffalo Run Half Marathon and 5K - to be held on Saturday morning, February 27 - will introduce 500 runners to the trails of Catalina Island.

This year's field will showcase athletes from 17 different states, and has also drawn a couple of runners from Great Britain. And as another sign of the growth of women in participant sports, 55% of the race's runners are female.

They'll all come to Catalina Island to traverse 13.1 miles of dirt fire trails, climbing up to a 1,600-foot elevation before returning to sea level. Very few tourists ever get to visit this part of the island, called the "interior", and known for its exotic wildlife, herds of buffalo and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina.

"The Buffalo Run Half Marathon is a great course; the trails are just challenging enough, and the views are unbelievable. The other great thing about this race is that it's a perfect warm-up for next month's Catalina Marathon," Pacific Sports CEO Jack Caress said.

The Buffalo Run Half Marathon and Catalina Marathon (March 13) again will combine to form the American Trail Championship (ATC). Awards will be based on the combined time in both events and given to the top male and female overall as well as winners in each age and weight category. Participants who compete in both events will receive an American Trail Championship t-shirt.