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.



Thanks to our generous sponsors covering more than 100% of the cost of putting on the event, every dollar raised by Tough Turtles goes directly to ICG’s mission of inspiring tomorrow’s environmental stewards. Your support helps us work towards providing every child with access to the wonders of nature.


Tough Turtle Jr. is friendly for ages 2- 12. Advance registration is not necessary, but highly recommended if you aim to secure a t-shirt in the right size. 

Tough Turtle Jr. starts at 10am and ends at 12pm. The last wave of juniors will start off no later than 12:45pm. The course can take as long as 15 or 20 minutes for new walkers and can be as quick as 5 minutes for more experienced racers.  Waivers signed by parents or guardians will be required for each Junior.

There are no specific heat times for Tough Turtle Jr., rather Juniors gather at the start line and are launched every few minutes in small groups.


New this year, the Field Day will send you straight back to the era of family and neighborhood fun pre-cell phones.

 If you plan to pass on Tough Turtle in favor of Field Day alone, a $10 ticket will  send you back to the days of three-legged races, water balloon tosses, tug-o-war,  dunk tanks, grass-stained knees, and so much more.

Great news: Field Day is included in Tough Turtle and Tough Turtle Jr. ticket registration


Courtesy of  Liquid State Brewing Company, ICG will be hosting a celebratory After Party to thoroughly reinforce your bragging rights. Tough Turtles unite! 

Tough Turtles 21 and over will get a complimentary Liquid State beer (or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice); Tough Turtles under 21 will be offered a refreshing non-alcoholic thirst quencher.

A hearty, complementary lunch from Collegetown Bagels will be provided for all Tough Turtles and Juniors. 

Non-racers 21+ can purchase lunch for $10 (includes a beer from Liquid State Brewing Company) and $5 for 21 and under.

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