Turtle Trot

Annual Fundraiser for The Crest


Welcome to Turtle Trot 2021

September 22 – October 31, 2021, 6am – 8pm daily

Turtle Trot 2021

Come join our 2nd annual 5k trail adventure race, Turtle Trot 2021, a fundraiser for The Crest, our place-based educational organization at Willow-Witt Ranch. Funds support outdoor education programs, classes and field trips for students from surrounding school districts.

Turtle Trot?

This 445-acre property is home to the highest elevation breeding population of Western Pond Turtles. The ruggedly beautiful 5k course is designed for hikers and adventure runners in mind. It takes you through the rolling hills of the lower Cascades (complete with rocks to keep an eye out for), around wetlands (could be soggy even in August) and meadows filled with wildflowers, past the old homestead and over a few seasonal creeks — all the obstacles a Western Pond Turtle must navigate living at this elevation. See trail map below. This special population of turtles is the current focus of our curriculum, connecting the efforts of the turtles to survive with the climate change issues we also face — and the impacts on our own food and water — right in our own backyard.

Turtle Trot 2021 5k trail race workers clearing the trail

Turtle Trot 2021 workers clearing the 5k trail

A young Western Pond Turtle at Willow-Witt Ranch

A young Western Pond Turtle at Willow-Witt Ranch

Categories & Awards

Race Categories

  • Fastest with Testosterone
  • Fastest without Testosterone
  • Fastest Team of 5
  • Slowest (That’s right, even the slowest runner is a winner in this race!)
  • Most Times Trotted

Turtle Trot Awards

All winners receive:

  • A $50 gift certificate for The Willow-Witt Ranch Farm Store
  • Free entry in the 2022 Turtle Trot
  • Naming rights for a numbered turtle in The Crest/SOU study population

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 and notified on or shortly after November 1, 2021.

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


$15 per registrant, per run
$50 per team of 5 members, per run (new this year!)
No fee for ages under 12 and over 70, but it is a fundraiser, so donations are encouraged!

It’s a fundraiser, so run often! Beat your time, their time, just for fun, just do it often. You may donate by purchasing raffle tickets below.

*All proceeds go to The Crest, a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization, and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive a donation acknowledgment letter for your contribution.

Turtle Trot Trail Race Swag


Turtle Trot 2021 T-shirts are available for purchase for $20 each. T-shirts are 100% certified organic, fair trade cotton, short sleeve, with our Turtle Trot 2021 logo. Coolest shirt ever. It’s a fundraiser, buy two! Pick up your shirt at the Willow-Witt Ranch Farm Store when signing in for your trail run. Shirts are held on the honor system with your name.


What’s a fundraiser without a raffle? We have it! When you register, add just $1 per raffle ticket. You will want lots of chances to win every prize we offer:

  • 2 NIGHTS IN A FURNISHED 4-PERSON WALL TENT ($375 value) These tents offer the ultimate in comfort with superb mattresses, luxurious bedding, private decks, sweet dreams… Get details
  • PACK GOAT HIKE FOR 6 ($200 value) Take a 4-hour day hike with our pack goats, and enjoy lunch with special vistas, informational guides and adorable goats. Get details
  • TURTLE TROT 2021 T-SHIRT ($20 value) Five lucky winners! Coolest shirt ever, remember? It’s a fundraiser, so buy lots of raffle tickets.

COVID-19 Safe Race

Safety first — so we designed this race to be run at your own pace! This race is COVID-19 safe and completely self-supported.

  • Masks are required for anyone 5 and older in all public spaces, but not on the trail if no one is near.
  • Runners sign in and are spaced in 15-minute intervals so runners are not on the trail at the same time.
  • No groups larger than 5 people at any time.
  • Register to run online, run when you want, record your time, and do it again! Our registration process and tracking are online. And, you can be ready for race day on your best day.
  • Register and run the course from 6am to 8pm, any day between September 22 – October 31, 2021.
  • Enter as many times as you wish, it is a fundraiser and we encourage this! Beat your own time, beat your friends’ times, run/walk it with the family, your Mom, your team, and then do it again.
  • As a self-supported race, you will carry your own water and record your own times.
  • Track your time please. We suggest any of the following apps: Strava, Avenza, Gaia or your favorite app. Your registration confirmation email will include a link to record your race results on our website. Please enter the date, your time, indicate which app you are using, and also save your race time on your app. We would like to be able to confirm times in case of a tie. Individuals whose times cannot be confirmed will not be eligible for prizes.

A HUGE THANKS to our many fabulous, hard working volunteers and trail crew who worked tirelessly to make Turtle Trot 2021 a reality!

Our Generous Sponsors

A big thank you to our fabulous Turtle Trot 2021 sponsors!
Contact us if you’d like to sponsor this event or a future event at The Crest.

2 Hearts 4 Feet Counseling and Coaching
Ashland's Creekside Campground

Turtle Trot Registration

Fill out the registration form below and you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions on everything Turtle Trot 2021! The Turtle Trot is self supported and run entirely at your own risk. You accept responsibility and liability for yourself and any minors who may accompany you. We thank you for your interest and support of The Crest!

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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.


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