Despite Tsunami Advisory, Runners Line Up for Catalina Marathon

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A field of 1,000 runners from 36 states and five foreign countries are expected at the start of the the 34th annual Catalina Marathon.

The 26-mile, 385-yard race course will go from Two Harbors to Avalon, taking runners on 23 miles on dirt trails, according to Jack Caress, the owner of Pacific Sports LLC, which conducts the race.

The course also includes numerous hills and a 1,600-foot climb in elevation, Caress said.

A tsunami advisory, stemming from Japan's great earthquake Thursday night, remained in effect for all of Southern California early Saturday.

On Friday, two unmanned boats were reported sunk in Catalina Harbor -- it faces the open Pacific, opposite Isthmus Cove on the west end of the island - - and a pier was damaged.

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