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Turtle Trot 5k Trail Race

Annual Fundraiser for The Crest

Check back in Spring 2024 for updated information and to Register for the 5th Annual Turtle Trot 5k trail race!

Turtle Trot 2023

A big thank you to all who joined us at Willow-Witt Ranch for The Crest’s 4th annual Turtle Trot!

This annual 5k trail race featured scenic views of historic ranch land, forests, and wetlands (including the pond that is home to the race’s namesake, western pond turtles).

All proceeds benefit The Crest’s outdoor education programs and furthering our mission.

Turtle Trot turtle with running shoes

The Crest Fest

The The Crest Fest will be held on June 30th, 2024 to celebrate our winners, enjoy food, beverages, drawing for prizes, musical entertainment, and showcase the stars of the show: the Willow-Witt turtles! This is a family-friendly event.

Goat kids browse beside the Turtle Trot trail

Goats browse beside the trail

Preparing the trail for Turtle Trot 2022

Pre-race trail prep

A young Western Pond Turtle at Willow-Witt Ranch

Western Pond Turtle hatchling

Turtle Trot 2021 5k trail race workers clearing the trail

Volunteers clear the 5k trail

How To Race

2024 Date TBD: Kick-off Race

An in-person race, where you can experience the rush of adrenaline and thrill of competition as you run alongside your fellow participants! We will be timing runners for this kick-off race.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the start/finish. A water station will be available around the 1.5 mile mark.

2024 Date TBD: Race on Your Own

The race-on-your-own option allows you to complete the race at your own pace and convenience. You can run the track as often as you like during this period!

  • Register before you run
  • Race any time between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.
  • Sign in at the start/finish log book (located at a table near start/finish). 
  • Track your time using Strava (make sure to download the app ahead of time) 
  • Send us your time with the Strava link included (if there is no link, you may not be eligible for prizes). Your registration confirmation email will include a link to record your race results on our website. Enter the date, your time. Individuals whose times cannot be confirmed with Strava will not be eligible for prizes.
  • Come to our Kick-off event TBD 2024


Prize Categories

  • Fastest male 16-35
  • Fastest male 36- 201 
  • Fastest female 16-35
  • Fastest female 36- 201
  • Slowest male (That’s right, even the slowest runner is a winner in this race!)
  • Slowest female
  • Most Times Trotted (the Turtle Trot Award)


  • Naming rights for a numbered turtle in The Crest/SOU study population
  • Free food and drink at the Crest Fest on June 30th
  • Free entry in next year’s Turtle Trot

The Most Times Trotted Winner will also be awarded the honor of having their name added to the Turtle Trot Award that resides at the ranch and winner names will be added each year. Be the first! Run often!

Winners of each category to be announced at the The Crest Fest on June 30th.

raffle tickets

Drawing for Cool Prizes!

Make sure to bring some cash to buy tickets for  our prize drawing. We will have some real fun prizes and baskets to win!

Turtle Trot 5k trail race route map

Turtle Trot 5k trail race satellite map

Turtle Trot 5k trail race map

Turtle Trot 5k trail race topographic map

Support the Cause

The Crest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes Conservation, Restoration, Education, Stewardship, and Trust. Throughout the year, The Crest provides education programs and has restoration projects; this wouldn’t be able to happen without your generous support.

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our sponsors!
This event couldn’t happen without our sponsors.

Check back in Spring 2024 to Register for the 5th Annual Turtle Trot 5k trail race!

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Suzanne Willow talks to a group of students visiting The Crest

The Crest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

The Crest nonprofit organization relies on donations to support youth programs and give community groups the chance to experience the wonders of nature to learn about and feel a connection to the natural world. Please consider contributing to this natural legacy by making a tax-deductible donation.