On Your Mark, Get Set, Slow! (The 2009 Great Turtle Race)

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This Thursday, April 16th, eleven world class turtle athletes, with names like Seabiscuit, Nightswimmer and Billy, will begin a grueling 3,700 mile race from foraging grounds in the frigid waters of Canada to nesting beaches on the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean in the 2009 Great Turtle Race.

Here are a few fun facts from the event organizer, Conservation International:

  • All 11 turtles are tagged with a satellite-tracking device that will allow you to follow them, in real-time.
  • U.S. Olympic swimmers Amanda Beard, Janet Evans, Jason Lezak, and Eric Shanteau will “coach” our competitors and post notes of encouragement to the turtles throughout the race.
  • Rock bands REM and Pearl Jam have jumped on the turtle bandwagon. Both bands have picked their early favorites.

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So never mind opening day or the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs, the real competition will be out in the Atlantic this month. Get in on the fun!

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