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5K Race Will Benefit Injured Turtles

by Katie Pyzyk | May 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm | 2,415 views | 24 Comments

A race through Arlington this Saturday, May 19, not only gives competitors a chance to show off their speed, but also helps injured wildlife.

The 2nd Annual Turtle Trot 5K takes runners along the W&OD trail. Proceeds help with the rehabilitation of injured local turtles and wildlife, and with providing shelter until they can be released back into the wild. Some money also goes toward educational programs at Long Branch Nature Center.

Following the race, the whole family can enjoy educational booths, games and displays, some of which feature live animals. Onlookers can also cheer on the stars of the “real turtle race.”

The 5K starts close to the picnic pavilion in lower Bluemont Park, near Wilson Blvd and N. Manchester Street. Sign up can be done online through Friday, or on location starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. The race begins at 10:00 a.m.

The W&OD trail will not be closed during the race, so runners must share the trail. Others who plan to use the trail at that time are encouraged to be patient and be mindful of runners.

For more information, call 703-228-6535.

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  • Curious

    Will this 5k also benefit Turtles who protect our cities fighting crime? Turtles of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety?

  • Richard Cranium

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    Shocking, really, that there haven’t been more stories about turtle/tortoise-focused fundraisers.

    • CrystalMikey

      This is actually the second running of this 5K. Guess ARLnow didn’t report on it last year.

  • Sparkle Pony Princess

    It seems silly but sort of cute too. It’s not good planning though to have a race run on the same trail that casual runners are using at the same time.

    • W&OD

      There’s a race on that trail pretty much every Saturday these days. no biggie – I got caught in the middle of one when I was running with the pooch.

    • JohnB2

      Agreed. Last weekend I did the AWLA 5k and it went along those trails too. Many of the people who did the 5k were apparent amatuers and had no clue to stay on the right side of the trail and to keep their dogs to their right. The bike riders on the trail seemed pretty peeved.

      • cyclist

        Welcome to our daily nightmare.

      • Andrew

        No shortage of people not running in races on trails that do not know to stay to the right.

        • J

          Runners on Custis and Mt. Vernon are very conscientious. Sometimes people walking are a bit less, but overall, I almost never have problems with them and I commute on a daily basis through there.

  • John Fontain

    The winner of the race should be the runner who finishes last!

  • novasteve

    Do they accept donations or can you sponsor a runner? I won’t be in ARlington, but I’d like to help out this cause.

    • Andrew

      I’m sure you can send them a check.

    • Trevor

      You can provide me with your credit card number, type of card, expiration date, 3 digit CVV number (found on the back of your card), the amount you want to donate (minimum of $100) and I will take care of this for you.

      • novasteve

        Thanks Trev. I’m sure my girlfriend will like you.

        • Trevor

          no prob, brah. Does she like garlic pizza?

    • Susan Kalish

      Thanks so much! We’d love your support. You can mail a donation or come by any of our communtiy centers or nature centers to drop it off. Or you call the nature center at 703-228-6563 and donate with a credit card. Turtles of Arlington thank you!

  • CW

    I like turtles.

    • Tabs

      Me too. Having one (sea turtle) emerge from the sea and stroll past me to go lay her eggs was an incredible experience.

      • CW

        Wasn’t quite what I was going for here. I guess internet memes eventually do die out.

  • drax

    I ran this last year and stepped on several turtles in the path, injuring them. No, really.

  • Turtle_Power

    Anyone know if this is a hilly course? Also, is it out and back, or all one way?

    • W&OD

      Usually these races are out and back. It is very flat – as it is a rail-to-trail course.

  • Elmer

    Are hares allowed?

    • Daffy

      Only if it’s Wabbit season.

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