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.

Tough Turtle Jr.

For Your Little Turtles

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. Advance registration is not necessary, but highly recommended if you aim to secure a t-shirt in the right size. 

  • One lap $20
  • Unlimited laps with t-shirt $25

Race Day

While Tough Turtle major starts adjacent to Ithaca Children’s Garden and takes place on the surrounding trails, Tough Turtle Jr. takes place entirely within the 3-acre Garden boundaries (inside the deer fence). Volunteers will be checking your child in at the Kids’ Kitchen right inside the main entrance, and directing you to the course start.

Tough Turtle Jr. starts at 10am and ends at 12pm so be sure to arrive with plenty of time to park and make your way to the registration table. The last wave of juniors will start off no later than 12:00pm. 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. 

Thank you to our Tough Turtle Jr. Sponsors

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