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About the Fun Run, and what to expect.


For 2024, we're excited to have you back for our powerboating event to Catalina Island with another epic 3-day agenda. Who's ready for more boating and more destinations?

Catalina Fun Run | September 27-29, 2023

Thursday September 26 - Meet and greet. (Upon approval of Newport Dunes)


Pickup event shirts and goodies bags.

Friday September 27 - Depart Newport Beach for Two Harbors.


Registration Check-in at Newport Dunes:

CFR Staff will be near the launch ramp for you to pickup event shirts and goodies bags. Items not picked up before departure will not be brought to the island.


We will have some space for temporary docking/loading. But likely not room for all. Upon launch and conclusion of the safety meeting, please make way to the Main Channel, clearing room for other participants to launch.


Mandatory Driver Safety & Logistics Meeting (At the launch ramp). Safety is paramount. We will outline the rules and logistics for a safe day on the water.


It's about a 40 minute idle to the exit of Newport Harbor. Don't be late! 


Gather 1 mile straight outside Newport Harbor to meet up with the photo helicopter. @FastLoudPhotography and @OCPhotographics will be overhead as well as @ZipZapPower at sea level to capture pictures and videos of the entire run to Catalina. 

We will depart single file down the Newport Coast to Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach before heading West to Two Harbors Isthmus Cove on Catalina Island. 


Two Harbors Beach Party @ The Harbor Sands. We have reserved the entire beach area for a group beach party. Grab a lounge chair, picnic table, or palapa and enjoy the afternoon in Two Harbors. There will be a cash bar and servers to take food orders. This is the responsibility of each guest.

2:30pm - Sponsor Appreciation

4:00pm - Depart from Two Harbors to Avalon for Hotel Check-ins

Evening - You're free to explore, socialize, make diner plans, and enjoy the nightlife on the island.

Saturday September 28 -

10:00 am

Meetup, in your boats, out front of the Casino in Avalon Harbor for a 10:15am group departure to Cat Harbor.


Tie-up in Cat Harbor (Windward Side of Two Harbors). Finger sandwiches, cheese, and fruit trays will be provided. But pack a cooler and feel free to pack extra food and snacks.


For those that may want to skip the tie-up to explore Avalon

Island Tours - To be booked direct

    Discover Avalon - 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm

    Bison Expedition - 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm

    Glass Bottom Boat Voyage - 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm,

Descanso Beach Club will have the live entertainment of DJ Javi. Seating is first come first serve at and around the bar. You're also welcome to reserve cabanas or lounge chairs on the Descanso Beach Club website

Evening - You're free to explore, socialize, make diner plans, and enjoy the nightlife on the island.

Sunday September 29 - Depart Avalon to return to the mainland.

10:15am - We will meetup on the boats in Hamilton Cove (condo community North of Descanso Beach). 

11:00am – Departure to mainland

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach  (Across from Launch Ramp)

Aurora Hotel - Avalon

Bellanca Hotel - Avalon

Catalina Island Inn - Avalon

Metropole Hotel - Avalon

Hotel St. Lauren - Avalon

Others are available through

Launch Information

Launch, Parking, and Cleanout Facilities

   Newport Dunes Resort & Marina         

   (949) 729-1100

   101 N Bayside Dr                                  

   Newport Beach, CA 

Newport Dunes Launch Ramp

N 33° 37' 9.9177" W 117° 53' 29.7582"

Emerald Bay

N 33° 33' 2.0163" W 117° 48' 38.0906"

Two Harbors Isthmus

Isthmus Cove - Leeward side

N 33° 26' 33.4779" W 118° 29' 51.0194"

Cat Harbor - Windward side

N 33° 25' 55.5096" W 118° 30' 19.2909"


Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island

N 33° 20' 41.1435" W 118° 19' 26.5495"

Descanso Beach Club

N 33° 21' 3.5027" W 118° 19' 40.801"

Registered attendees will be added to a Facebook Messenger group text 24 hours before the event. This has worked well for communications, comradery, and maybe a little sh!t-talking following arrival. Registered guests and their crew can join with the following link.

Mooring Information

Avalon Harbor does not pre-reserve moorings. However our relationship with the harbor master allows us to supply our list of registered participants for advance assignments. This speeds up the check-in process at the island. Since these dates are still the "off-season" there should be plenty of moorings available. Shoreboats are available to bring you, your guests, and any luggage to shore. Please be patient since we have a lot of boats/guests arriving at the same time.

Pleasure Pier # 22
Avalon, CA 90704
GPS: 33° 20' 31.92'', -118° 19' 38.28''
(310) 510-0535
Avalon Harbor - VHF 12 & 16
Shoreboat - VHF 9

We have also provided boat details to the Two Harbors harbor master to make mooring assignments. Two Harbors does allow mooring reservations beginning Thursday Evening for the upcoming weekend.

Two Harbors Mooring Reservations

Safety Information

Vessel Assist - Newport Beach

VHF 16

(800) 391-4869

Vessel Assist - Long Beach

VHF 16

(800) 391-4869

US Coast Guard Vessel Safety Checklist

Our event is always registered with the US Coast Guard so they are aware of our agenda and can provide emergency support on an as-needed basis. 


Avalon Harbor - (Next to the Casino on the South side)
2 Casino Way
Avalon CA 90740

33° 20.897’N - 118° 19.583’W 

(310) 510-0046


  • Pure 93 Octane (in cans)

  • Mid-grade unleaded

  • Red dye diesel

Hours:​ 8am - 4:30pm - 7 Days

Expected Distance - * Don't cut it close *

Day 1 - 62 Miles (Newport Dunes, Laguna, Two Harbors, Avalon)

Day 2 - 42 Miles (Avalon to Cat Harbor Round-Trip the short way)

Day 3 - 34 Miles (Avalon to Newport Dunes)

Other Helpful Links

Avalon Harbor Department

Mooring Map - Avalon Harbor

Mooring Map - Around Catalina Island

How To Pickup a Mooring Video

Marine Forecast

Visit Catalina Island

Two Harbors

Emerald Bay Moorings

N 33° 33' 2.0163" W 117° 48' 38.0906"

Descanso Beach Club

Descanso Beach Club is our meeting destination upon arrival. This beautiful beachside bar features two outdoor bars, cabanas, dining, sandy beach, water activities, live music and amazing views while you take it all in. 

Fun Runners are welcome to explore the island as desired. But you'll almost always find at least part of our group at this beachside oasis.


Two Harbors

Located on Catalina’s west end, Two Harbors is a rustic village that sits on a narrow strip of land separating Isthmus Cove on the leeward side of the island from Catalina Harbor on the windward side.

Saturday will include a short ride to Two Harbors for a day of relaxing in the cove in our own private cabanas located on the white sandy beach of Isthmus Cove. For more adventure, some may choose to run around the island and moor in Catalina Harbor on the windward side where you can enjoy a short 15 minute hike to meet up with the CFR crew. 

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