Turtle Races Day

Turtle Races Day is observed next on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 (184 days from today).

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Turtle Races Day is an event in which turtles are put to race.

Turtle Races Day is the first weekend in June and is celebrated in honor of turtles. On this day, turtle lovers bring their turtle or choose a turtle to race. For most of the participants, this is a fun tradition that loves turtles.

Turtle racing is fun?

Turtles are adorable and very attractive to watch. They are notoriously slow but persistent. When you put them together and try to see which is fastest, they never go in a straight line or in the direction you want! It's fun to watch, cheer and enjoy a fun day with friends and lots of laughs!

About Turtle Racing

Turtle racing is an event in which participants place turtles on a table, track, or pool and watch them walk or swim around until one of them passes a set point. The most popular are the terrestrial turtle races because turtles are fun to watch.

Variations of Turtle Racing

- Place the turtles in a circle and watch these adorable animals go around until one of them breaks out of the circle and is the winner.

- Place the turtle at the starting line and the first person to finish is the winner

- In the open air, people often put the starting line in a sunny place and the finish line in a shaded place because turtles tend to head towards the shade.

History of Turtle Races

Turtle racing became known in the early 1900s when the Chicago Daily Tribune published an article "The Strangest Race Ever Run" about witnessing a turtle race of turtles being ridden by small children. While this form of tortoise racing (riding turtles) did not develop, turtle races began to gain notoriety. The events drew audiences to watch the famously slow-moving animals "racing". Of course, the race with the turtle is not about speed but about endurance and staying on track to cross the winning line.

Turtle Racing Controversy

There is some controversy over turtle racing and some animal activists say it is cruelty to turtles. This stems from events and bars that host turtle races with drinking and gambling with a focus on those things rather than turtle safety. This has caused many towns and businesses to stop racing turtles in some parts of the world. In some places, it is illegal to capture and keep turtles as pets.

Celebrate Turtle Race Day without a real turtle

If you don't like real turtle racing, you can still enjoy the day and race with floating turtles in the pool or play turtle racing with your favorite turtle toy. Place floating plastic turtles in the pool and see who can hit it to the finish line fastest. Create your own fun games while honoring the turtle.

Have a Responsible Turtle Race

Turtle Race Day is a fun day that you can celebrate with your friends while treating your turtles with respect and love. Put the focus on the turtle and be aware of its happiness. Make sure you don't make your turtle tired or stressed. Build a running track on grass or ground where the turtle is comfortable. Make sure that none of the participants are handling the turtles improperly.

How Turtle Race Day unites everyone

Whether you approve or disapprove of turtle racing, this day is about adorable turtles and it unites people in a shared passion. People who want to protect this cute durable animal and people who want to play with their turtles and laugh and share the joy with their friends. The idea is to share your love for turtles and make sure to unite with others who share that love.


Turtle Races Day has been observed the first Saturday in June.


Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Saturday, June 4th, 2022

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023

Saturday, June 1st, 2024

Saturday, June 7th, 2025

Also on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023

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