I got a bit carried away this weekend on other projects (mostly reading, with a side of biking), so here is an early morning dose of turtle love for this Monday.
The Flint RiverQuarium held their first Turtle Race on the facilityâ€™s water steps that same afternoon.
â€œThis is something everyone in the community can do,â€ said Laura Calhoun, the event chair. â€œWe need to do all we can to support it.â€
Roughly 10,000 turtles participated in the race with four heats of 2,500. To adopt a turtle, participants were asked to donate $5 â€” which will go to benefit the RiverQuarium. As of an hour before the race 8,158 turtles had been adopted. This comes out to a making of almost $41,000.
â€œI was surprised by the turnout. (The adoption number) went beyond what our expectations were,â€ said Calhoun. â€œBased on todayâ€™s success we will do this for a long time.â€