During our vacation Mark and I traveled by ferry again this year to run the Bald Head Island Turtle Trot 5K. The conservancy there holds a 5K every week of the sumner, and most all holidays throughout the year, to raise money for the turtles. Besides the fact that I love the turtles, I love the passion the employees have. We spent the ferry ride talking with the director, talking about turtles, predators, deer birth control, and ultra racing. Loved it. She told us every race was worth it because she got to educate people about turtles every week.
The race itself is quite difficult. About half on the beach (high tide this year...soft sand...ugh), then hot open running on the island with (what?) hills. Then Mark and I ate a Slushee and took off on the trails back to the ferry.
If you vacation in this area, look them up. http://www.bhic.org/
By the way, for the first time this year we got to see a turtle nest hatch on Oak Island and the excavation three days later, magic.