Our turtles are taking a rest while we all wait for things to get back to normal, but we know that they're the real stars of the show here. Rest assured, the tradition will continue when it is safe to do so!
Yeah, turtle races. It’s the real sport of kings, and it’s found its home here at Brennan’s for 45 years. In 1975, then-owner Ab Lawrence brought “the world’s stupidest sport” to Marina del Rey as a lark, hoping that he could attract a few people for a couple of weeks. But the turtles knew how to draw a crowd, so the races kept going.
Here's how it works
Every first and third Thursday, the turtles come out of their turtle sanctuary and start limbering up. Come 8:30pm, the first race starts and five turtles will enter the center of the ring. First one that makes it out of circle wins. It’s as simple as that!
Think you’ve got a hot tip on who’s gonna win? Pay for a ticket to put your name in your favored turtle’s hat. If they win, your name might get called—and you’ll get to win a prize from our prize wheel. Plus, all of the money goes to charity!
There's only one rule...
No pointing! Our turtles get shy. If caught, well… you’ll just have to come to a race to find out what the punishment is.
Forty-five years in, and the turtles have shuffled out of the ring over 10,000 times. Come visit us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday and take part in the tradition with us. But remember—don’t point!