April 12 through June 30, 2021

Are you ready to run, walk or crawl to support sea turtle conservation and research? Join us for Mote's 35th Annual (Virtual) Run for the Turtles, wherever you are!

Don't want to run? Sign up just for the great mission and cool T-shirt. We won't tell!

  • What: Virtual 5K Run or 1-mile Fun Run/Walk
  • When: Run anytime from now through June 30.
  • Where: Anywhere on Earth
  • Cost: $35 per adult, $25 per child (13 and younger)

Register on RunSignup

Submit songs for the Run playlist by May 1.

Run T-shirts begin to ship in the first week of May 2021. After that, please expect approximately two weeks from your registration to shirt delivery.

We've been passionate about sea turtles for 40 years

This Run is the major fundraiser for the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at the nonprofit Mote Marine Laboratory. Sea turtles keep going no matter what is happening in the world. By joining our virtual Run this year, you're helping us keep the sea turtle conservation and research momentum going as we eagerly await our return to Siesta Beach for next year's Run!

Meet Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program by watching our video below. Then visit mote.org/2021nesting for weekly updates about sea turtle nesting season on the southwest Florida beaches monitored by Mote scientists and our dedicated volunteers. 

Mote's sea turtle activities are conducted under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Turtle Permits 155, 216, 027, 054, 070, 048 and 028. All marine turtle footage was obtained wth the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to this or other turtles.