The Tough Turtle is a challengingly-fun obstacle race for the whole family and for a great cause. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Ithaca Children’s Garden.

Are You Turtle Tough?

With more than 20 challenging obstacles for the entire family, plus a new Field Day, and After Party,  let’s make Tough Turtle and Tough Turtle Jr. 2019 the best yet. 

September 21, 2019

Start time 10:00am

Cass Park, Ithaca, NY

Your Impact

This one's for the garden

Tough Turtle, the single largest fundraiser for Ithaca Children’s Garden, is back and bigger and better than ever. Climb, sprint, crawl, slide, and boat across the course along the Cayuga Waterfront and Black Diamond Trails on the south shore of Cayuga Lake. 

This year is extra special for many reasons. One is that ICG is celebrating our 20 year anniversary!

What are you waiting for? Register today.

Tough Turtle JR.

Kids get to join in on the fun! Tough Turtle Jr. is back with obstacles to challenge and delight your little turtles. From climbing over a hay pyramid to hopping over tires, this obstacle course geared for children 12 and under (children ages 5 and under will require guardian supervision), will allow our Junior Tough Turtles to have a blast in this safe and encouraging environment.

Our Volunteers

Support your community and cheer your friends and family on by volunteering at Tough Turtle. Qualifications desired: positive attitude, good cheering voice, and a desire to help your community!


These folks help make it happen in a big way

Iron Design

In its sixth year of partnership with Tough Turtle, Iron Design is a brand strategy and digital design agency in Ithaca, NY.

Community Federal Credit Union

CFCU Community Credit Union has been a tremendous partner and will be joining us again as the Title Sponsor of Tough Turtle for the 6th year in a row!

Home Depot

Home Depot has supported ICG for more than a decade - and has been title sponsor of Tough Turtle Jr. since year one.

Interested in joining as a sponsor?

Email and she’ll be glad to share the details.

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