September 22 – October 31, 2021, 6am – 8pm daily
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.
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.
All winners receive:
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.
$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 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:
Safety first — so we designed this race to be run at your own pace! This race is COVID-19 safe and completely self-supported.
A HUGE THANKS to our many fabulous, hard working volunteers and trail crew who worked tirelessly to make Turtle Trot 2021 a reality!
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!