By KAROLYN GEPHART
The turtles are coming to Mustang Bayou for the 17th Turtle Race hosted by the Alvin ISD Education Foundation Saturday, Feb. 10. at National Oak Park in Alvin. This year’s event is sponsored by Kelsey Siebold.
The day will start with the sixth annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk and 1K Kids Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. The 5K course is officially certified and will be a timed race. The application can be found at signmeup.com or at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/122827/SMUCalendar.
The Turtle Race will be at noon. Community members, parents, students and staff are encouraged to adopt turtles for the race. Turtles can be adopted for $5 by filling out an adoption form, available at all Alvin ISD campuses, the Alvin ISD administration building, as well as online at www.alvinisd.net/educationfoundation.
All proceeds from the Turtle Race benefit the students and teachers in the Alvin ISD through Innovative Teaching Grants, campus grants, and scholarships for students, teachers and paraprofessionals.
The adopted turtles will be taken to Mustang Bayou and gently dropped in from the bridge along the Tom Blakeney Hike and Bike Trail. The turtles will then race down the bayou to the finish line near the Adoue Street Bridge where they will be scooped out and the winners determined.
The adopter of the first turtle to cross the finish line will win the first place prize, a travel voucher, sponsored by Stantec, valued at $1,500, to a destination of choice.
The second place prize is a $1,000 shopping spree sponsored by David and Tracy Vela, and the third place prize is an iPad valued at $500 sponsored by Ron Carter Automotive Dealerships. Several other valuable prizes will be awarded to the adopters of subsequent turtles to cross the finish line.
For information, visit the Education Foundation website or contact the Foundation Office at 281 331-2586 or via email at [email protected]