By Trebor Britt
More than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the 32nd Annual Run for the Turtles on fabulous Siesta Beach. The run supports the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and is the Program’s major fundraiser — it helps them help sea turtles! The event included a 1-mile fun run and a 5K race sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club entirely on the beach/sand.
ON YOUR MARK! Mote Marine mascots, Shelly the turtle and Gilly the shark pose at the starting line with excited participants just minutes before the start of this year’s “32nd Annual Run for the Turtles.”
OFF THEY GO! Hundreds of excited runners and walkers begin the 1-mile fun run/walk on the white, powdery sand of Siesta Beach along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.
First time participants and sisters, Kristina Murphy of Sarasota and Jenni Rasiah of Seattle, WA thought it would be fun to start off the morning of Kristina’s birthday by wearing mermaid crowns for the race.