Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), the rarest species, also known as the Atlantic Ridley sea turtle, is critically endangered. It is just one of many species that the New York Marine Center strives to rescue, rehabilitate, and release every year as cold-stunned turtles arrive helpless on beaches in the fall and winter, and often die without discovery and response.
The 5K Run for the Ridley on Main Street in Riverhead aims to raise funds for the New York Marine Center to aid in this cause. The 22nd annual event will be Saturday, October 26, at 8 AM, with a day of race fee of $30.
There is a $5 pre-registration discount if mailed and received by 5 PM Thursday, October 24, and for online registrations done by 5 PM Friday, October 25. The run is open to all ages. The sprinted run goes through a quiet residential neighborhood and finishes on McDermott Avenue. The race can be done in costume, and there will be a Halloween costume contest, with a prize given after the race.
Call 631-369-9840 ext. 101 to register, or do so online at www.runfortheridley5k.itsyourrace.com.