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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Turtles aren't known as speedy creatures but one fast one could win you a million bucks.

The Flint RiverQuarium will hold a fundraising Turtle Race during Albany's Mardi Gras celebration on March 7th.

Monday night, about 50 volunteers tagged hundreds of turtles for the big race down the Water Steps. About 1,500 turtles have been adopted so far.

"It's real simple," said Flint RiverQuarium CEO Scott Loehr, "for $5 you adopt a turtle and that turtle will be in one of the four heat races, and then approximately 50 turtles from each of the heat races will then go into the final."

Top finishers in the final race win prizes ranging from $5,000 to free gas or Chick-fil-A for a year. One turtle could win someone $1 million. You can adopt a turtle at the RiverQuarium or any Homerun Foods store.