Turtle Trot

Annual Fundraiser for The Crest


Welcome to Turtle Trot 2022

September 1 – 30, 2022, 6am – 8pm daily

Turtle Trot 2021

Come join our 3rd annual 5k trail adventure race, Turtle Trot 2022, 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.

Goat kids browse beside the Turtle Trot trail

Goat kids browse beside the Turtle Trot trail

Preparing the trail for Turtle Trot 2022

A young Western Pond Turtle at Willow-Witt Ranch

A young Western Pond Turtle at Willow-Witt Ranch

Turtle Trot 2021 5k trail race workers clearing the trail

Turtle Trot 2021 workers clearing the 5k trail

Categories & Awards

Race Categories

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

Turtle Trot Awards

All winners receive:

  • $100 cash prize
  • Free entry in the 2023 Turtle Trot
  • Limit 1 cash prize per person

Winners of each category to be announced and notified on or shortly after October 1, 2022.

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

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


The Crest Turtle Trot hats will be available for purchase. Hats are made locally, featuring The Crest’s logo on the front.  It’s a fundraiser, buy two! Pick up your hat at the Willow-Witt Ranch Farm Store before or after your trail run, after September 12th. Hats are held on the honor system with your name.

  • Children’s hat (yellow) for $30
  • Adult hat (cream) for $32


What’s a fundraiser without a raffle? We have it! When you register, add on a raffle ticket or two for a chance to win our 50/50 raffle! Half the raffle earnings will go to support The Crest, and the other half will go to one lucky winner to decide how to spend.

  • 1 raffle ticket for $5
  • 5 raffle tickets for $20

What you need to know

Safety first — so we designed this race to be run at your own pace! This race is completely self-supported. We will be following the CDC’s current COVID advisories.

  • Register to run online, run when you want, record your time, and do it again! Our registration process is completely 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 1 – 30, 2022.
  • 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. You will record your time in the Turtle Trot 2022 race book at the trail finish. 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.
  • Race parking is located at the race start/finish. Look for the Turtle Trot parking signs on the right-hand side of the ranch road (after passing the campground road on the left and just before the Meadow House driveway).

A HUGE THANKS to our many fabulous, hard working volunteers and trail crew who worked tirelessly to make Turtle Trot 2022 a reality!

Our Generous Sponsors

A big thank you to our fabulous Turtle Trot 2022 sponsors!
Contact us if you’d like to sponsor this event or a future event at The Crest.

Turtle Trot Registration

Fill out the registration form below and you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions on everything Turtle Trot 2022! 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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