Each turtle is swimming for a cause to raise awareness about a specific threat to sea turtles. You can help by supporting a turtle and raise awareness about their cause. This year you have two ways you can get involved and support a sea turtle marathoner:
Adopt-A-Turtle: With a donation of $30 ($40 outside the U.S.) you can Adopt-A-Turtle through Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) to show your support for a sea turtle and its cause. Included in the Adopt-A-Turtle kit is a personalized adoption certificate, a colorful logo decal, a colorful magnet, and STC’s Sea Turtle Conservation Guide, all presented in a beautiful full-color sea turtle folder.
Swim-a-Thon Pledge: New this year! You can support your turtle by making a per-mile donation pledge for each mile they swim between August 1 and October 31, 2014. You can determine your own pledge amount, starting as low as $0.05 cents per mile, and you can even set a maximum total amount.
With either option you will also become a member of STC and receive a free one-year subscription to the Velador, STC’s award winning conservation newsletter. Your tax-deductible donation will help STC ensure sea turtles are swimming free in the oceans for future generations! In addition, you could win a VIP Sea Turtle Experience at the 2015 Tour de Turtles by adopting a turtle at the $100 or above level or fulfilling a pledge of $100 or more! (Contest Rules)
Each time a turtle is supported by an Adopt-A-Turtle or a Swim-a-Thon Pledge, or Tweeted about (make sure to use the Twitter link on your favorite turtle's bio page to make your support count!), it will be recorded on the "People's Turtle Choice" graph below. The "winner" will be announced at the end of the race!