Port Royal Crab Race
Get Your Crab On!

About Port Royal Crab Race
5,000 rubber floating crabs will be dropped into the Battery Creek adjacent to the Board Walk in Port Royal. Each crab will have a unique number 0001 through 5000. The crabs will float naturally with the tide toward a finish line, possibly directed by booms to keep the crab floating on the race course. The first 10 crab to cross the finish line receive the following cash prizes:

1st Place…..$2,000.00

2nd Place.....$1,000.00

3rd Place…….$750.00

4th Place…….$500.00

5th Place…….$250.00

6th Place…….$100.00

7th Place…….$100.00

8th Place…….$100.00

9th Place…….$100.00

10th Place.…..$100.00

In addition, the top 10 finishing crabs have a chance to win a $1,000,000 prize* if their crab number correctly matches the randomly selected number by OddsOn Promotion, a third party insurance company, prior to the start of the race.

Adopted crab numbers will be randomly selected at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the race and will be immediately posted at the site of the race.  

Race results will be announced at the conclusion of the race at the Board Walk, and then later on this website. You do not need to be present to win. If you are a winner you will be contacted by a member of the Beaufort Rotary Club to claim your prize. 

*See Rules for complete information and terms of this race.


1. Do donors get to keep their crab? Can donors buy their crab?

No and No. All adopted crab entered are provided by the Beaufort Rotary Club and and shall remain the property of the Beaufort Rotary Club. To protect the integrity of the event, handling and possession of the crab will be by the Beaufort Rotary Club only. The crab will be reused in future crab races.

2. Can I choose my (lucky) number? Will I know what number is mine?

No. You cannot choose your lucky number, but Yes you will know which numbered crab is assigned to you before the race. The day of the race, random numbers will be assigned to the contact names listed on the eligible adoption forms. This list will be posted at the race site on the day of the event. Multiple crab adoptions from one form will be assigned additional random identification numbers. These assigned numbers will correspond to a label number on each of the rubber crabs. Once again, this process is used in order to protect the integrity of the race.

3. If all crabs are not adopted, will the prize amounts stay the same?

Yes, the Beaufort Rotary Club is guaranteeing the posted prize amounts regardless of the number of crab adopted.

4. Who is the money benefiting?

100% of net proceeds will benefit CAPA, Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, various local Beaufort children’s charities, and Rotary International projects. Please visit our website for a detailed description of all the beneficiaries of this charitable event. (SEE LIST)

5. Are donations tax deductible?

Currently, donations are not considered a charitable contribution under the Internal Revenue Code. Businesses may be able to deduct their contribution as a business expense as the Beaufort Rotary Club is recognized as a 501(c)4 organization.

6. What if someone wants to adopt a crab and make a donation less than the suggested amount?

It is no secret that this event is being held under the banner of fundraising for charity, and adoptions with donations at or above the suggested amount will be given priority. If someone wishes to adopt a crab at less than the suggested donation they should consider donating to another cause and not take part of the Crab Race in spirit and fairness to all other participants.

7. How is the $1,000,000 winner determined?

The first 10 crabs to cross the finish line will be eligible to win the $1,000,000 prize. OddsOn Promotions will randomly select a (lucky) number between 0001 and 5000 prior to the start of the race. If one of the top 10 crab’s number matches the lucky number then it’s a WINNER!

8. How is the $1,000,000 prize money distributed?

OddsOn Promotions will pay out the $1,000,000 over a 40 year annuity, equating to $25,000 a year for 40 years.

9. Can a minor win?

Adopted crab can be registered under the name of a minor, but any award will given to the parent or legal guardian of the minor.