36th AnNual Run for the Turtles 5K

Location: 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

Date: April 2, 2022

Time: 7:30AM – 1 Mile    8:00AM – 5K


Mote’s 36th Annual Run for the Turtles is a great way to support sea turtle conservation & research efforts. This year, the race returns to its home on Siesta Key Beach and includes a 5k race sanctioned by Manasota Track Club and 1-mile fun run.

Can’t make it in-person? Run, walk or crawl for sea turtles anytime and anywhere with our virtual option!

This Run is the major fundraiser for the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Sea turtles keep going no matter what is happening in the world, and so will our efforts to understand and protect them! Race registration (for both the 1 Mile Fun Run & 5K) includes a complimentary race t-shirt, access to the food station, kids activities area & more!

This event is family friendly and spectators are welcome. All participants in the 1 Mile Fun Run will receive a finisher ribbon and prizes will be awarded for the overall male and female top finishers.

The 5K race will be chip timed and sanctioned by Manasota Track Club. Awards will be given to the top 6 finishers by age group in addition to Overall Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Master etc. This run takes place on the beach so please plan accordingly!

To help support our Eco-friendly mission at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, please bring your own reusable water bottle to the race! We will have multiple water stations for you to fill up at.