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Feet, Fins, & Flippers 5K

Use your FEET to help our FINNED and FLIPPERED friends! Join runners, walkers, and animal-lovers for the Feet, Fins, & Flippers 5K to raise money for the National Marine Life Center! Run, walk, roll, stroll, flip, skip, from near and afar – join us! This is a fun, family oriented, pet-friendly event.

*** CHIP TIMING! ***
Provided by Granite State Race Services


  • WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:00 am
  • WHERE: Cape Cod Canal, by Railroad Bridge
  • COST: Pre-registration (until 5/12 at midnight): $30 regular, $25 student
    Same-day registration: $40 regular, $30 student

    • Click here to register online (COMING SOON)
    • Click here to download a registration form to print and mail or drop off at 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay (COMING SOON)

*** T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 200 registrants! ***

*** Free NMLC Nalgene® bottles to the first 200 registrants! ***

*** We’re GOING GREEN! This is an eco-friendly race. ***


Pick up your race bibs, t-shirt, and NMLC Nalgene bottle early and save time on Race Day! Marathon Sports, 9 Court Street, Plymouth, MA is hosting a number pickup on DATE TBD.


The race begins at the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, at the west end of Main Street, next to Buzzards Bay Park and the train station. The flat, scenic course travels down and back along the beautiful Cape Cod Canal. Ample parking is available. There will be a water station along the route accessible in both directions. Click here for a map of the route.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. Prizes will also be awarded to male and female winners in each of the following six age groups.

  • Neonate (12 and under)
  • Pup (13-19)
  • Yearling (20-29)
  • Juvenile (30-39)
  • Sub-Adult (40-49)
  • Adult (50-59)
  • Senior (60+)

Click here to register.

This year’s race is going greener! Eco-friendly features include: refillable water bottles, water stations, compostable cups at water stations, boxed water at the finish line, t-shirts with recycled content, recycling bins, and compost bins.

Can’t make it or live too far away to join us? Register to “Flip from Afar!” Wherever you are, run, walk, roll, stroll, flip, skip, dance, prance, swim, crawl, jump. We’ll mail you your t-shirt after the race. And feel free to post photos of yourself being active to help marine animals on NMLC’s Facebook page!

Interested in sponsoring the race? Contact Kathy Zagzebski at for more information and sponsorship benefits.

All event proceeds – including race fees, donations, and sponsorships – directly benefit the National Marine Life Center’s marine animal rehabilitation, science, and education programs.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help care for sick and injured seals and sea turtles!

THANK YOU to our growing list of 2019 Feet, Fins, & Flippers 5K SPONSORS!

For more information on becoming a Feet, Fins, & Flippers 5K 2019 sponsor, Click Here.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle ($1,000-2,499):
Sea Turtle Solar

Loggerhead Sea Turtle ($500-999):
Breakwater Blue
Cape Cod Five
Coastal Engineering Company, Inc.
Hydroid, A Kongsberg Company
Rockland Trust
Jim & Ann Marie Zagzebski

Gray Seal ($250-499):
Buzzards Bay Veterinary Associates
Cape Cod Bagel Cafe
Carlson & Associates
Convention Data Services
The Fair Insurance Agency
Falmouth Toyota
G.H. Dunn Insurance Agency
Timothy Hines
Linda Luce, in memory of Jeff Luce
Roberta Morris
Marathon Sports
Steve McManus
Pattie Piva
Purple Turtle Productions
Richardson Law

Harbor Seal ($100-249):
A Direct Solution
Anne & Jeffrey Cassim
Jim & Lorna Ciavola, in memory of Danny
Dunkin’ Donuts, Couto Management Group
Five Star Golf Cars
JMJ Beverage
Kids on the Cape
Krua Thai Restaurant
Kathy Zagzebski

Other & In-Kind:
Mazzilli Farm Stand
Ryan Amusements, Buzzards Bay
Shaw’s, Cedarville
Shaw’s, Wareham
Starbucks, Buzzards Bay
Stop & Shop, East Wareham
Stop & Shop, Route 6A
Stop & Shop, Quaker Meeting House Road
Trader Joe’s, Hyannis

On behalf of the animals, thank you for your support!