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.


Why We Hold This Race

Tough Turtle is the single biggest annual benefit for Ithaca Children’s Garden, and provides critical funding for operations. Proceeds go directly to sustaining IGC’s mission of providing the space and support for kids to develop lifelong habits of physical and mental wellness, caring, and environmental stewardship. ICG changes lives, one child at a time, and we don’t do it alone. Tough Turtle brings our our community together for a fun challenge in support of a vital community resource. Become a Tough Turtle today!

  • ICG is free and open to all everyday, from dawn to dusk
  • ICG serves over 70,000 youth and families a year


To inspire, promote, and sustain youth and community stewardship of the environment through garden-based learning and discovery.


To serve as a premier destination for environment, garden-based education for children and their caregivers in Ithaca and the Northeast.

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Register as a group of 4 or more to save 30%!

Our Sponsors

Meet a few of our 2019 sponsors

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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