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Turtle Derby 2016 coming to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital on June 23

Our 30th annual Turtle Derby is free and open to the public. The event features turtle races, a photo booth, games, refreshments and plenty of fun activities for the family.
Our annual Turtle Derby fundraiser helps provide many of the extras that make our children’s hospital a healing place with a heart for patients and families.

Turtles, start your engines! 

The 30th annual Turtle Derby returns to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. Attendees can cheer on racing turtles as they compete against one another on the plaza outside the children’s hospital for the coveted Turtle Derby title: The Grandest Turtle of All.

In addition to the races, participants can enjoy face-painting, a photo booth, games with prizes, refreshments, a dunk tank, therapy dogs and more. The Turtle Derby is free and open to the public, though parking, food and some activities have a small cost.

The fundraiser provides many of the extras that make our children's hospital a healing place for our patients and families. It’s not too late to sponsor a turtle in the race. The deadline for turtle race registration is June 14. 

Learn how you can register a racing turtle for the competition.

Past events have funded the purchase of hearing aid support supplies, end-of-life memory-making activities, books, anxiety reducing toys and items for our pediatric clinics, musical instruments, artwork for our patient rooms and a variety of other items used directly by our patients and families.

Parking is available at several ramps located near or adjacent to the children’s hospital.

Check out our handy FAQ for more information about the 2016 Turtle Derby.

Head to our Facebook album to see photos from last year’s Turtle Derby event. A rain date for this year's event is planned for Friday, June 24.