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VW Turtle River Race

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VW Turtle River Race

Sun September 27, 2020

What is the VW Turtle Race

The VW Turtle Race is an annual fundraising event hosted by Volkswagen Kamloops. This will the 18th year that the race has been run and will be held on Saturday Saturday September 14, 2019. 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:

  • 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
  • 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!
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.

What are the Prizes?

Race 1
Race 2
Race 1

Race 1 at 1:00 pm

1st Place Turtle

  • WestJet Flight for 2
  • Save-On-Foods Gift Certificate
  • Surplus Herby’s Gift Certificate
  • Aberdeen Mall Shopping Spree
  • VW Car Detailing

Prize Package Valued at: $5300

2nd Place Turtle

  • 1 Year Family Membership YMCA
  • Napoleon Travel Grill
  • PineRidge Golf Passes
  • 4 Hour Raft Trip for 2
  • Discover Scuba Diving for 4
  • Zipline Experience for 2

Prize Package Valued at: $2245

3rd Place Turtle

  • Mittz Kitchen or Twisted Olive Gift Certificate
  • 2 WCT 2018-2019 Season Flex Passes

Prize Package Valued at: $592
Race 2

Race 2 at 2:00 pm

1st Place Turtle

  • Rocky Mountaineer Trip for 2
  • Save-On-Foods Gift Certificate
  • Surplus Herby’s Gift Certificate
  • Aberdeen Mall Shopping Spree

Prize Package Valued at: $5600

2nd Place Turtle

  • 1 Year Family Membership YMCA
  • Napoleon Travel Grill
  • Rivershore Golf Passes
  • 1 Day Rafting Trip for 2
  • Discover Scuba Diving for 4
  • Zipline Experience for 2

Prize Package Valued at: $2300

3rd Place Turtle

  • Mittz Kitchen or Twisted Olive Gift Certificate
  • 2 WCT 2018-2019 Season Flex Passes

Prize Package Valued at: $592

2016 at Riverside Park

2015 at Pioneer Park

2014 at Pioneer Park



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