Pine River Turtle Race could have up to 5,000 turtles in St. Clair

The question Patrick Coughlin often gets is how will the St. Clair Rotary Club dump hundreds of stay turtles into the Pine River?

The response? They won’t.

PETA would arrive just after us in a major way,” the chairman of the St. Clair Rotary Club laughed.

As a substitute, up to 5,000 3-inch plastic turtles will be dumped into the Pine River on Aug. 29 for the 1st St. Clair Rotary Club Pine River Turtle Race.

The race

The race will start off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, in downtown St. Clair. Westhaven Builders will provide a truck and “unleash” 2,000 to 5,000 turtles at after at the beginning line, instantly across from LaCroix’s Riverside Pub.

The end line will be in the heart of Rotary Centennial Park the place a “turtle dam” will corral the turtles, sending them into a very clear tube a person at a time so Rotarians will know which is very first, second and 3rd, according to the club’s site.