Seal Beach man takes third in Turkey Trot gym challenge

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The 5K and 10K runners start off the inaugural 2019 Seal Beach Turkey Trot on Main Street. Photo by Charles M. Kelly

Seal Beach’s Zac Ernst took third in the gym challenge segment of the inaugural Seal Beach Turkey Trot last weekend. Seal Beach’s Patrick O’Brien was fourth.

Two Seal Beach residents made the top 10 of the 5K and one Seal Beach resident came in 10th overall in the 10K race.

According to the special event permit application, the event was a for-profit race operated by A Running Legacy, LLC—Seal Beach Turkey Trot. A portion of proceeds from the race are intended to go to Project SEEK, which supports education at McGaugh Elementary, and Grateful Hearts. Participants filled Main Street almost from curb to curb for the first Seal Beach Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 23. The 200 and 100 blocks of Main Street were closed to traffic. Based on bib numbers, about 1,500 or more people participated in the event.

“There were no issues that we are aware of or reported to the SBPD,” said Sgt. Michael Henderson, public informaiton officer for the Seal Beach Police.

As soon as the race was ended, the tear-down began. Cars were driving on Main Street around 10:45 a.m.

There event featured a 5K, a 10K (both of which started at the same time), a 5K gym challenge, and a 1K kids run.

5K results

There were 812 entrants in the 5K, according to athlinks.com. The top 10 runners were:

1. Joel Perez of Long Beach, with a time of 16:38.

2. Alec Fillmore, of Riverside, with a time of 16:52.

3. Tristian Saenz, no city provided, with a time of 18:14.

4. Kristen Reyes, of La Habra, with a time of 18:32.

5. Alice Wilson, no city provided, with a time of 18:37.

6. Lorenzo Tyner, of Seal Beach, with a time of 18:59.

7. A.J. Joel De Jesus of Huntington Beach with a time of 19:33.

8. Amy Kvilhaug, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with a time of 20:11.

9. Hunter Maul, of Seal Beach, with a time of 20:16.

10. John Taylor, of Seal Beach, with a time of 20:19.

10K results

There were 330 entrants in the 10K race. The top 10 participants, according to athlinks.com, were:

1. Matthew Schihl, no city provided, with a time of 34:54.

2. Bonnie Axman Keating of San Diego, with a time of 36:11.

3. Jonathan Metcalfe, of Harare, Zimbabwe, with a time of with a time of 36:36.

4. Timothy Aukshunas, no city provided, with a time of 37:27.

5. Michael Forster, of Garden Grove, with a time of 37:44.

6. Gwendolyn Ostrosky, of Santa Monica, with a time of 40:06.

7. Roderick Powell, of Garden Grove, with a time of 41:08.

8 Howard Gussman, no city provided, with a time of 41:20.

9. Matthew Donoghue, of Long Beach, with a time of 41:43.

10. Joe Randolph, of Seal Beach, with a time of 42:44.

Gym challenge results

There were 144 entrants in the gym challenge, which required participants to not only run but also stop to perform an increasing number of exercises at the each of five stations.

The top 10 participants were:

1. James Peacock, Long Beach, with a time of 34:13.

2. Andy Chuquimia, no city provided, with a time of 34:20.

3. Zac Ernst, of Seal Beach, with a time of 34:28.

4. Patrick O’Brien, Seal Beach, with a time of 35:00.

5. Luke Keiser, of Long Beach, with a time of 35:05.

6. Matt Manley, no city provided, with a time of 36:34.

7. Ryan Smith, of Garden Grove, with a time of 36:49.

8 Joe De la Fuente, of Garden Grove, with a time of 37:09.

9. Mike Maag, of Huntington Beach, with a time of 37:13.

10. Ryanne Lay, of Buena Park, with a time of 37:19.

For more information about the winners, visit https://www.runforturkey.com.

Last week, the Sun reported that the event had already raised $2,600 for Project SEEK.

Jeannette Andruss contributed to this story.