Road closures announced for Seal Beach Turkey Trot

Pictured above are medals for the Turkey Trot race. Photo courtesy of Stever Rapp

Road closures announced for Seal Beach Turkey Trot


Editor’s note: This story has been updated from what appeared in print on Nov. 7, 2019, to include new information about road closures.


Road closures have been announced for the inaugural Seal Beach Turkey Trot race, set to take place in Old Town on Saturday, Nov. 23.


The event will feature four races: a 1K “Don’t be a Turkey” kid’s race, a 5K Run/Walk, a 10K Run/Walk and a 5K Gym Challenge with a series of workout stations along the route.


The races will start and end at Main Street and Central Avenue and the course covers all of Ocean Avenue and parts of Marina Drive, First Street and Electric Avenue.


Road closures for the event will start as early as 4 a.m. in some areas and end as late as 11 a.m., according to a press release from the Seal Beach Police Department.


Here is a closer look at the road closures:


• Main Street from Central Avenue to Ocean Avenue will be closed from 4 a.m. until 11 a.m.

• First Street from Welcome Lane to Ocean Avenue will closed from 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

• Ocean Avenue from First Street to Electric Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. until 10:30am

• Marina Drive from Fourth Street to First Street will be closed from 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.


The event is also on track to get its permit from the City of Seal Beach.


“Issuance of the permit is the final step of the process,” Tim Kelsey, City of Seal Beach Recreation Manager, said in a statement to The Sun. “Every condition has been met to date for the Turkey Trot, but we do not issue the actual permit until the end because that is the City’s best leverage to guarantee that organizers meet all conditions such as payments of fees.”


“We have had a pleasure working with the City and the Police, Fire and Lifeguard Departments throughout this process,” Turkey Trot organizer and Seal Beach resident Stever Rapp wrote in a text message to the Sun. “They have been very supportive and we look forward to a successful and efficient event on all levels.”


About 1,500 people are expected to participate but Rapp recently noted that space is limited and said, “We will cap the race to ensure that the participant experience is one to remember!”


A portion of every participant’s registration fee goes two local nonprofits, Project SEEK of J.H. McGaugh Elementary School and Grateful Hearts of Los Alamitos.