16th Annual VW Turtle Race for WCT Youth Programs

What is the VW Turtle Race

The VW Turtle Race is an annual fundraising event hosted by Volkswagen Kamloops. This will the 16th year that the race has been run and will be held on Saturday September 16, 2017. The proceeds from the ticket sales go to support local youth theatre programs through WCT.

The race uses turtles have been created from environmentally safe plastics and are not in any way damaging to the environment. All of the turtles used in the VW Turtle Race are recovered at the end of each race.

As well as being a fun day at the park, once again we’re sharing Riverside Park with Kamloops Art Council’s, Children’s Art Festival, so in addition to fun and games on the beach, you can check out the activity booths and entertainment provided at The Children’s Art Festival.

How To Get Tickets

Tickets go on sale in June and are sold right up to race day on September 16th. You can purchase tickets at participating outlets across Kamloops as well as by telephone.

By Telephone:

  • Kamloops Live! Box office on 250-374-5483
  • Volkswagen of Kamloops on 250-374-3000 or 1-888-874-7500

Ticket Sales Outlets:

  • Andre’s Electronic Experts
  • Home Hardware Building Centre
  • Kamloops Live! Box Office
  • Purity Feed Farm & Garden Centre
  • Save-On Foods
  • Surplus Herby’s
  • Volkswagen of Kamloops

Tickets will also be sold at various locations and events around Kamloops.

How Does the VW Turtle Race Work?

Each ticket sold corresponds to a specific turtle that will be part of the race. At the start of the race, all of the turtles are dumped into the South Thompson River. The race runs from one end of the Riverside Park beach area to the other. The race starts near the historical flood markers and ends at the pier. All turtle wrangling is done by volunteers in kayaks.

The owners of the first 3 turtles to cross the finish line win great prizes!

What are the Prizes?

1st Place Turtle

A WestJet Flight for 2 worth $3,000.00, a $1000 Save-On-Foods Gift Certificate, a $500 Surplus Herby’s Gift Certificate, a $500 Aberdeen Mall Gift Certificate, and a VW Car Detail. The value of the first place prize package is $5,300.

2nd Place Turtle

Family Membership YMCA valued at $595, a Fitbit Charge 2 valued at $334.21, Rivershore Golflinks valued at $180, I.W.W.R. 4 Hour Raft Trip valued at $230.00, a $200 Ocean Pacific Discover Scuba Diving for Four, Treetop Flyers Zipline package for two valued at $198, and a $100 ATLAS Gift Certificate. The value of the second place prize package is $1,837.21.

3rd Place Turtle

A $500 MITSS Kitchen Gift Certificate, a WCT 7 Adapt Pass valued at $245.00. The value of the third place prize package is $745.00.

Where Does the Money Go?

Once again the proceeds go to support Western Canada Theatre’s youth programming, including Stage One production classes, outreach to students and highly subsidized tickets for family-friendly programming.

Where Can I get More Information About Race Day?

View the KamloopsCity.com Event Page