The Worrell 1000 Reunion Race, our Board, volunteers, and staff are dedicated to the principle of environmental stewardship. Our passion for beach catamaran racing brings us into direct contact with habitat and coastal environments that merit and require our personal involvement in restoration and preservation efforts. For the 2019 race, we worked closely with local and state-level volunteer organizations at select checkpoints with coordinated beach cleanups to show the residents and businesses in these beach communities that we were grateful for their hospitality, and that we were good stewards of the ocean and shoreline along our route.
Our team is working, too, with the regulatory community and volunteer organizations dedicated to the protection and preservation of sensitive habitat. May is sea turtle nesting season, and since the first Worrell 1000 in 1974, we’re proud that we’ve successfully protected and helped preserve turtle nesting sites all along the Atlantic coastline. Hand-in-hand with local volunteers, we help mark and protect nests, and eliminate nighttime light sources that can negatively impact nesting habits in and near developed beach communities.
In 2019, we teamed up with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to remove a total of over 100 pounds of marine debris! We look forward to making a positive impact again in 2021 and are working to secure more partnerships for the event. More details will be posted soon. Please come out and lend a hand for a beach cleanup near you, and stay for the 10:00 AM start of the race every morning on our way to the finish in 2021!