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Conservancy Times Conservancy's Eco Marathon is gaining in popularity Running events support CIC's. conservation efforts BY CHRISTIE COLLINS This year, the Catalina Island Conservancy combined two of its popular running events - the Eco Marathon and the Half Marathon - into one exciting event called the "Trail Venture" held on Nov. 8. The Cons.ervancy's goal was to create a weekend that high- lighted the Island's rugged beauty while providing an event with low impact on the land. It worked! This year's event drew 846 people, a substantial increase over the 499 who partici- pated in 2013. The Eco Marathon also was just voted "Best Trail Race" by readers of Competitor magazine, which plans to publish the results of this year's run in its January issue. Runners challenge themselves on Catalina at the annual running events sponsored by the Catalina Island Conservancy. Photo by Iris Tyler It was named "Best Island Run" by Runner's Word maga- zine in 2012. It was also labeled as "the hardest race you will ever love." These annual run- ning events contribute to the local economy by bringing new people to Catalina, and they help support the Conservancy's work of pro- tecting and restoring the Island. While management of dis- tance events on Catalina Island has changed hands over the years, one thing has remained constant: The thrill of running through the Island's rugged wilderness. Ask Hans Albrecht, the man who started it all in 1974. Hans and friends needed a place to train for'the strenuous Western States 100, and Hans selected Catalina. Hans thought it would be great to come 26 miles across the sea to run 26 miles on Catalina, accord- ing to ultra-marathoner Kent Holder, a friend of Albrecht who ran some of the Island's earliest events. It was under Hans' manage- ment in 1978 that "the Catalina Marathon was born," recalled Holder. The years have passed, but the unsurpassed beauty of Catalina Island has improved with the active management provided by the Conservancy. On March 14, 2015, runners will return to the Island for the Catalina Island Marathon, which is the Conservancy's other well- known running event. In 2012, the Weather Channel ranked the Catalina Island Marathon as No. 6 out of 15 of the "World's Toughest Marathons." This event also features the "Famous Catalina Island Tile" finisher's medal crafted by Catalina resident Robin Cassidy. In 2014, 922 people competed in the Catalina Island Marathon. We are hoping to top that number in 2015. If you haven't registered yet, please visit the "events" page on our website to learn more and to register. If you compete in both the Eco Marathon and the Catalina Island Marathon, you will be awarded the prized "Double Buffalo Medal." So please join us, challenge yourself and experience Catalina's wildlands! Christie Collins is the Catalina Island Conservancy's director of leases and special projects. For more information, please visit Clinic From page 4 after receiving the vaccine to be monitored. Your flu shot cost may be covered under Medicare or the Vaccines for Children Program." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. In addition to getting vacci- nated, you can take everyday pre- ventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of ger ![ y0u+...+are, sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. ClMC releases 'Happy' video Short film stars staff, patients and Catalina hospital supporters BY JUDY HIBBS The Catalina Isl'hd Medical Center has released its own profes- sionally produced Video starring staff, patients, board members and hospital supporters. You may now view it on CIMC'S website. Originally made available in November to premiere in the new CIMC eNewsletter, the 5-minute movie on Vimeo will be "must see" viewing for Islanders and Video, Page 11 The "bison" seen here is just one of the stars of the Catalina Island Medical Center's new video. Courtesy photo H I Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance Abuse. CHOICES mission is to encourage community involvement in helping island youth make responsible decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 3 t 0,848-4381 Help us make a difference, call today. 00qROYO 6 i Friday, December 5, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER