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The Turtle Trot Challenge

Virginia is home to 25 species of turtle, six of which are endangered or threatened. Channeling your inner woodland box turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, or northern red-bellied cooter on race day? We appreciate you coming out of your shell and joining us!

Be the person that completes their Run for the Wild 5K with the slowest finish time and you will win a one-of-a-kind bonus medal.

How to Participate in the Turtle Trot Challenge

Use Strava to Track Your Activity

Don’t have a Strava account? Visit or download their app to get started. It is free to use and it will allow us to easily judge everyone’s results. Make sure your account is set to public so we can see your activity. Already have a Strava account? Join our Virginia Wildlife Run Club!

Run (or Walk) Your 5K on May 28, 29, 30, or 31, 2021

In order to be eligible, you must complete the 5K distance (3.1 miles) in your Strava activity. Do not go over the 5K distance. Once you have completed your 5K, name your activity “Run for the Wild”.

Submit Your Activity Before Tuesday, June 1, 2021

After you have completed your Run for the Wild 5K registration you will be sent a separate email with the Run for the Wild Challenge Submission Form the week of the event. Complete and submit that form before the deadline to be eligible for an award. Only one entry per person and you can only enter in one of the five listed challenges.

The Winner will be Announced on Friday, June 4, 2021

The person that completes their Run for the Wild 5K with the slowest finish time will win the Turtle Trot Challenge Award and will be notified via email. All challenge award winners will be announced on the DWR website and social media channels.