Catalina Island

Over 400 Runners Finish Catalina Island Marathon

On a blistering hot March day, 427 runners finished the Conservancy’s Catalina Island Marathon last Saturday, March 14. The race began early in the morning at Two Harbors, with a course traveling on roads and trails to finish in Avalon. Although it was an early start, the runners could not escape the hot running conditions in the mid-80s.

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The course tempers varied along the way, with breezes in some areas, but as the trails lead the runners into canyons the air was still and hot.


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Many runners suffered from the extreme heat conditions, keeping the island’s paramedics busy rushing to their aid. One runner had to be transported to Catalina island Medical Center for heat exhaustion. Ten other runners suffering heat exhaustion were treated by Avalon Fire Department paramedics on scene and released on scene.

Jeff Creighton, 51 years young hailing from Encinitas, was the first overall runner to cross the finish line. His time was 03 hours: 18  minutes: 37 seconds. About seven minutes later the second runner to finish and first female to finish crossed the line. It was Stephanie Wurtz, a 32-year old from Manitou Springs, Colorado, and her time was 03:26:33. Third to cross the finish line was Jason Mills, a 40-year old from Los Angeles, and his time was 03:27:54.


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The third male finisher was Michael Shafai, a 44-year old from Manitou Springs, and his time was 03:28:47. The second female to finish was Jenni Johnson, who hails from Tustin, and her time was 03:45:09. Verity Breen, a 48-year old from San Rafael, was the third female to finish. Her time was 04:05:53. Megan Petkovic was the first Avalon runner to finish the marathon and the 29-year-old runner was 23rd overall. Her time was 04:10:22. Jordann Waldron, a 29-year old from Avalon, was 32nd overall, and his time was 04:24:06. Forty-six year old Pedro Rubio was the third Avalon runner to finish, his time was 04:34:13.

Other Avalon runners that finished the marathon were: Natalie Foot, 24, she was 93rd overall, 05:03:07; Bernadette Foote, 18, was 279th overall, 06:29:12;Todd Wade, 38, was 289th overall, 06:34:13; Miguel Leyva Campos, 23, was 291st overall, 06:35:06; and Chris Barrios, 37, was 373rd overall, 07:33;27.

The 10k started in Avalon on Sumner Street at 8:20 a.m. and 153 runners finished the run. The first to cross the finish line was 35-year  old Tim Johnson, from Tustin, and his time was 00:39:39. Just 12 seconds behind him, was Timothy Bassel, a 30-year old from San Diego, who was second overall and his time was 00:39:51. The third overall finisher and the first female across the finish line was Leanne Shy, a 31-year old from San Diego, and her time was 00:43:23.

Evan Tholt of San Gabriel was the third overall male finisher (fourth finisher overall), the 17-year old’s time was 00:43:42. The second overall female finisher was 32-year old Andrea Toledo, from Long Beach, she was seventh overall and finished in 00:44:59. The third overall female was Riscilla Christensen, a 39-year old from Manhattan Beach, and her time was 00:47:07. She was 11th overall.

Tommy Oddone, a 15-year old from Avalon, was the sixth overall finisher, and first in his division, M15-19, and his time was 00:44:58. David Dentinger of Avalon finished 14th overall, and first in his division, M25-29, the 26-year old’s time was 00:49:15. Nicole Boriski was the third overall Avalon finisher, and first Avalon female finisher. She was 19th overall and her time was 00:50:58.

Other Avalon finishers were: Christy Lins, 47th overall, 00:58:02; John Long, 52nd overall, 00:59:20; Claire Manning, 63rd overall, 01:03:99; Candis Luithle, 102nd overall, 01:12:02; Sara Hall, 110th overall, 01:13:32; and Karla Parsons, 132nd overall, 01:24:04.

The 5k started and finished on Sumner Street and had 115 finishers.  Avalon’s Sergio Vallejo was the overall winner of the 5k. The 19-year old finished the race in 00:20:07. Just 38 seconds behind him, the second overall finisher,

Paul Kingston, crossed the finish line. The 44-year0old La Jolla resident finishing time was 00:20:45. Joshua Wittman, hailing from Salem, Oregon. was third overall with a time of 00:21:18. The Run-Catalina webpage results lists Joshua’s age as 90 years old. Julia Newbold was the first overall female finisher. The 26 year-old hails from Purcellville, Virginia, and her time was 00:23:49. She was eighth overall. The second female overall was Jessica Chan from Phoenix, Arizona, and she was 13th overall and her time was 00:25:22.

Todd Hallenbeck, finishing 11th overall, was the second Avalon finisher. He was first in his division,, M55-59, and his time was 00:24:35. Seven-year old Matthew Long was the third Avalon finisher. He was 17th overall and finished in 00:25:46. Daniela Osegueda was the fourth runner from Avalon to finish. He was 24th overall and his time was 00:27:36. Other finishers from Avalon were: Frank Minuto, 35th overall, 00:30:26; Meriam Djelidi, 42nd overall, 00:32:58; and Jose Gomez, 114th overall, 01:23:24.


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The last race of the day to start was the Kid Race. Always a bunch of happy and eager little runners.

Some so small their parents had to run (or walk) with them. They all got finisher medals. Before the race they traditionally have a group photograph taken.

The Catalina Island Marathon, 10k, 5k and Kids Race is managed by Spectrum Sports. If you want more information about these runs or other running events on Calalina Island you can get it online at

By participating in the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon or other race day running events, the runners are supporting the work of the Catalina Island Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization working to keep Catalina Wildlands wild. Some exciting successes of the Conservancy in recent years include the leading-edge introduction of bison contraception to manage the iconic Catalina herd, the recovery of the Catalina Island Fox from near extinction, opening of the 37.2 mile Trans-Catalina Trail, and increasing the amount of youth served by education programs.