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33rd Annual Run for the Turtles

Tue March 12 - Sat April 6, 2019
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Location: Sarasota, FL US 34242
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Run Only, Virtual Race
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Additional race information can be found at https://mote.org/events/details/run-for-the-turtles.

Event Date Time Price Details
1-Mile Fun Run or Walk
7:30AM EDT - 8:00AM EDT
182 spots left.
Price increases after March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
5K Manasota Track Club - Sanctioned Run
8:00AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT
733 spots left.
Price increases after March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
1-Mile Virtual Fun Run or Walk
495 spots left.
Registration ends March 11, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key Gazebo (South of the pavillion)
948 Beach Road
Sarasota, FL US 34242

Time to dust off those running shoes and get ready for the 33rd Annual Run for the Turtles! Our run supports the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and is the Program's major fundraiser — it's helping us help sea turtles! 

Please Note: The 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K races are entirely on the beach/sand! The Virtual 1-Mile Fun Run can be ran on your own time anywhere in the United States! This is our first year offering a virtual run and we are thrilled to welcome runners across the country who are eager to support the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote! 

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Packet Pick-Up Information

Packet Pick Up Locations, Dates, and Times for 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk (see additional information below for Virtual 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk!)

NOTE: Packets are NOT required for race day!

To help support Mote’s Eco-friendly mission, please bring your own reusable bag for packet pick-up! 

Items for pick up include: Race day dri-fit t-shirt (women fit or unisex fit), race day bib, and coupons/samples.

If you cannot pick up your packet on the dates, times, and locations provided below, then you can check-in at the registration table on race day. On race day, you will ONLY receive your race day shirt and bib.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fleet Feet Sports
1830 S. Osprey Ave. #1, Sarasota, FL 34236

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: New Balance University
8201 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, FL 34231

Participants of the Virtual 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk:

Registration for the Virtual 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will close on March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Runners will be able to enter their run times from 5:00 am on March 12, 2019 through 11:59 pm on April 6, 2019 to allow virtual participants the freedom of running for the turtles on their own time!

Virtual runners will receive their participation ribbons and run T-shirts in the mail after the event. 

Questions? Please contact Race Director Allison Whitten at 941-388-4441 Ext. 139 or events@mote.org!

What to Expect on Race Day

To help support our Eco-friendly mission at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, please bring your own reusable water bottle to the race! We will NOT have plastic water bottles to handout.

Schedule of the Day:

  • 6:30 a.m. - Day of race registration opens
  • 7:00 a.m. - Warm up exercises
  • 7:30 a.m. - 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk begins
  • 8:00 a.m. - Manasota Track Club sanctioned 5K Run/Walk begins
  • Award ceremony to follow 5K

What to Expect on Race Day:

  • Warm up exercises
  • DJ entertainment
  • Fresh snacks and multiple water stations for you to fill up your reusable water bottle
  • Awards ceremony
  • Fun for the whole family!
  • Children activities and multiple interactive learning stations with Mote's Education Department

*Please note: Day of race registration and t-shirt sales on race day are cash only. Please plan accordingly!


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