Teeny Tiny Turtles on the Tar

Volunteers drop ‘turbo turtles’ into the Tar River to launch the race during the Teeny Tiny Turtles on the Tar fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region on Aug 28, 2020, at Rocky Mount Mills.

On your mark, get set, go.

The second annual Teeny Tiny Turtles on the Tar will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rocky Mount Mills. The race supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region.

Almost all 3,000 turtles have been adopted. Corporate sponsors include Cummins at Snapping Turtle level with a $5,000 donation; QVC at the Diamond Turtle level with a $2,500 contribution; and many other community sponsors that have adopted at the Yellow-Bellied Turtle level for a $1,000 contribution.

Lisa Meadows, grant management and impact specialist with the Boys & Girls Clubs, said that the ultimate goal for the race is financial, but it also is a great opportunity to “celebrate the communities served by Boys & Girls Clubs and the way in which everyone has come together to support one another during the pandemic.”

The race will begin when the adopted turtles are dropped from the Peachtree Street bridge. Once in the water, the race is on as the first three turtles to cross the finish line win cash prizes of $500 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

The Rocky Mount Fire Department’s Swiftwater Emergency Response Team will pull the turtles from the river after the race.

There is no limit to the number of people who can attend the race, but masks are required and social distancing protocols will be enforced.

Any remaining turtles can be adopted on race day for $5 each.