Registration is now open for Run Seal Beach for March 28, 2020

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Sammy the Seal, Heidi Vinatieri (Kid’s Run director) and a Kid’s Run participant stretch before last year’s race. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Tim Mosa is board secretary for Run Seal Beach.

Run Seal Beach is thrilled to announce registration for their 46th annual 5K, 10K and Kid’s 1K Fun Run is open. This coming year’s race along the scenic oceanfront course in Old Town Seal Beach takes place on March 28, 2020.

Although registration for the event has just opened, registrations are pouring in and will continue to do so between now and Dec. 28, which is the final day of the early bird special, offering a $10 savings on the regular registration fee. Registration includes a commemorative 2020 Run Seal Beach t-shirt, finish medals for 5K and 10K events, refreshments, bottled water and giveaways and massages at the Finish Festival. Those wishing to take advantage of this special pricing can do so now at www.runsealbeach.com.

Many kids (3 – 10 years old) have already signed up for the Kid’s 1K Fun Run and Fun Zone as well. The Kid’s Fun Zone is a great place for children to be entertained while their parents complete the 5k/10k race. At the end of the 1K, children are escorted into the fenced area full of games, crafts and fun volunteers. Kids receive special Fun Run t-shirts and a wrist band/bib system to help keep them safe. The Kids 1K Fun Run is capped at 400 runners in order to ensure a quality experience in the Kids Fun Zone throughout the duration of the race. If you want to have your child in the run, be sure to register now and save.

Team registrations have already begun to come in as well. The deadline to add a new team is Feb. 28, 2020. This year, Run Seal Beach will again provide space for the two teams with the largest number of runners for a team EZ-up. The competition is heating up, so go to www.runsealbeach.com/teams to add or join your team today.

Also getting an early start this year are the sponsors whose generous donations help make the event a huge success. Last year’s sponsors included the Bernadett Family at the Platinum level, Crystal Geyser Water, Scan and Dendreon at the Gold level and AES and Shea Homes at the Silver level as well as many generous Bronze level sponsors.

Run Seal Beach takes a year of planning from the all-volunteer board of directors, an operational race day team and more than 500 volunteers on race day. Greg Phillips, race director said, “Our mission is to promote health and fitness in a family friendly event, while supporting non-profit groups providing recreation, fitness and leisure in our local community.”

Run Seal Beach is one of the largest grant-giving organizations in the region. Funds go to a variety of non-profits, particularly in the sports and recreation sector. The Los Alamitos Unified School District is the major beneficiary with over 48% of the total funds raised over the last 15 years. Other major recipients include the city of Seal Beach recreation department, police, lifeguards and other local non-profits.