Join our sea turtles at the Tour de Turtles finish line by participating in Sea Turtle Conservancy’s 3rd Annual 5K/10K Virtual Run! That’s right, you can join us virtually!
This summer, STC released 21 satellite-tagged sea turtles as part of our annual Tour de Turtles migration marathon. Why? Because sea turtles don’t spend all their time at the nesting beach—they travel hundreds of miles, independently, through the world’s oceans! Historically, most research conducted on marine turtles has been carried out on nesting beaches but well over 90% of a sea turtle’s life is spent in the water — feeding, mating, migrating and doing whatever else a sea turtle does when no one is watching. To adequately protect sea turtles in all their habitats, we must learn more about their migratory patterns, their behavior at sea, where their marine habitats are located, how the turtles use these different habitats, and the migration routes turtles travel between habitats.
This year’s tracked turtles have already swum more than 30,000 km collectively and are nearing the end of their own virtual race, with the Tour de Turtles officially ending on November 1. What better way to celebrate their amazing migrations than by hosting our own virtual mini marathon!
Participate in our virtual 5K/10K by running or walking any time from October 28 – November 1, but participants are welcome to join anytime, from wherever you are! Basic registration is $40 per person and includes a special edition turtle medal (for the first 300 participants) and a runner’s bib, with the option to add on a Sport-Tek moisture-wicking t-shirt for an additional $25. All funds raised will be used to support our ongoing sea turtle conservation and research programs!
During our virtual race, we’re keeping in touch with participants electronically! Visit @conserveturtles on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and share photos of yourself, your team, and your actions to support sea turtles during your run or walk. Just tag us in your photos and use #TourdeTurtlesRace2022. We will also announce special contests and prizes just for event participants as we get closer to the event dates.
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