Run, walk or crawl for sea turtles: Run for the Turtles registration now open!

Registration is now open for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's 35th Annual Run for the Turtles! This virtual race to support sea turtle conservation and research is open until June 30th. Every registration comes with a special 35th annual Run t-shirt. Registration is $35, and $25 for ages 13 & under. Register now at


Nothing stops Mote's mission to study and protect sea turtles

Every Run for the Turtles registration supports Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program (STCRP), which has monitored, studied and helped protect sea turtles along 35 miles of southwest Florida nesting beaches since 1982. 

Sea turtle nesting season along the southwest coast of Florida begins May 1, but Mote's STCRP starts their daily patrols on April 15. These daily patrols help inform statewide nesting trends. Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow sea turtle nesting updates this season at, with the previous week's nesting numbers posted every Monday. 

STCRP also conducts satellite tracking research of rehabilitated male loggerheads and nesting female green sea turtles. Follow their journeys at


Thanks to our sponsors

Leatherback sponsor: Freedom Boat Club

Kemp's ridley sponsor: Willis Smith Construction

Hawksbill sponsors: New Balance, Fleet Feet, Myers Campbell Family, Wilde Insurance

Green sponsors: Cooper Creek Dental, Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Centers, Koala Tee