Turtles are invading Lake Norman for the second annual LifeSpan and Speedway Children's Charities Turtle Race on Saturday, June 5. The race will be held at Midtown Sundries, 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius, N.C.

Festivities will be from 3-5 p.m. and include a petting zoo from Zootastic, live entertainment and children's activities for the entire family.

Participants may adopt a plastic turtle to enter in the race for a $5 donation to LifeSpan and Speedway Children's Charities. Turtle Family Packs (six turtles) can be adopted for $25 or a Nest of Turtles (25 turtles) for $100.

All turtles will race in Lake Norman on a closed-circuit race course.

Jet skis will be on hand to aid Mother Nature, ensuring the currents push the turtles toward the finish line. Thousands of plastic turtles are expected to compete for prizes.

"We're thrilled to partner with LifeSpan to put thousands of plastic turtles in Lake Norman for what is sure to be one of the year's most unique racing events," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway and president of Speedway Children's Charities Charlotte Chapter. "The Turtle Race is a great way for families to spend an afternoon on Lake Norman while supporting a worthy cause."

Top winners will receive various prizes thanks to donations from the following companies: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Great Wolf Lodge, Midtown Sundries, Racing Electronics, Just Plain Country, FGX International and many more.

For additional information on the Turtle Race or to purchase turtles visit www.lakenormanturtlerace.com.

For more information on Speedway Children's Charities and upcoming events, visit www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org.