Run Seal Beach

The 39th Annual Run Seal Beach event went off without a hitch this past Saturday, April 13.  Race director Marc Loopesko said, “it was a cool morning for running, we had a great turn out and spectacular times and finishes in all age groups.  Our volunteers did a fantastic job and we are already planning for how to make 2014 even better.”

With just over 400 kids and approximately 5,400 adults, it was one of the largest runs ever.  Race times are available on the website for all participants.

Some key Seal Beach winners include: Teddy Herington-Rauth, the fastest 5K runner, with a time of 16:34; Jeannie Robinson the fastest 5K female with a time of 21:20; Kathleen Phair, who won the fastest female 10K resident with a time of 40:57; and finally, new this year Connor Trebole as the fastest 10K men’s runner with a time of 35:45.

They will be presented on April 22 at the Seal Beach City Council meeting with special water bottles and will have their names engraved in the William T. Ayres perpetual plaque in City Hall.

With no injuries, misdirection or traffic issues, the race really went off without a hitch.  As one resident recently stated, “other than the restaurants, you didn’t even know that an event had happened in Seal Beach by 11 a.m.”  Many merchants had great days of business on race day, with restaurants really being positively impacted.

Elizabeth Kane, treasurer and registration coordinator commented: “We had a very smooth pre-race set up and packet pick up. The teams were a best we have seen this year, and we were able to share team times with them too.”

More than 1400 of the participants were part of teams, often in memorial or support of various causes or individuals.  Many sponsors had huge teams which was clearly part of the spirit of our community brought to life.