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Dome May 2014
Date: May 1, 2014
Image credit: Courtesy of The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
A HISTORIC ‘ON YOUR MARK’: Johns Hopkins nursing students ready their turtles for the big race in May 1950. A springtime tradition at The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 1931, the Turtle Derby is run on the day before the running of the Preakness, the second jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The slow-moving reptiles are placed in a circle in a brightly lit area and “raced” to see which one will first lumber out of the oval to seek shade. Hospital departments, faculty, medical students and house staff purchase the right to temporarily “own” a turtle and name it. Wagers are made on the contestants; hats, T-shirts, balloons, a band and food are available for hospital employees, patients, their families and neighborhood children; and proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Child Life Program. This year’s race will occur at 12:30 p.m. on May 16 in the outdoor courtyard of The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center building and the Sheikh Zayed Tower at 1800 Orleans St.