Kamloops Brain Injury Association presents

VW Turtle River Race

May 5, 2024 | Riverside Park

Buy a ticket to support KBIA, a local organization supporting brain injury survivors in Kamloops!


VW Turtle River Race Winners 2023


1st Palce: #420 Geoff Henderson

2nd Place: #1391 Bill McLean

3rd Place: #455 Neill Allkins


1st Palce: #3398 AJ Maerkiew

2nd Place: #3596 Tom Dickinson

3rd Place: #3399 Paul Tetreau

The Turtles will race for the following prizes:

Prizes for Race 1
at 1:00 pm | Total Value: 12,316.79

First Place

Value $7,752.80

  • WestJet Gift Of Flight for Two ($2,900.00)
  • Supply & Service Package from Oxygen Yoga & Fitness ($2,500.00)
  • $1,000.00 Save On Foods GC
  • $500.00 Aberdeen Mall GC
  • $500.00 Mount Paul Golf Package
  • Kamloops Water Sport Rentals Package ($352.80)
Second Place

Value $2,483.88

  • YMCA BC Family Pass ($1,282.28)
  • Surplus Herby’s Outdoor Adventure Package ($750.00 GC’s)
  • $250.00 First Place Detail & Preformance GC
  • Kamloops Water Sport Rentals Package ($201.60)
Third Place

Value $2,080.11

  • Cocktail Party at Earls Restaurant ($750.00)
  • $500.00 Brown’s Socialhouse GC’s
  • $500.00 Mittz Kitchen GC’s
  • WCT Flex Pass 5 ($229.31)
  • Kamloops Water Sport Rentals Package ($100.80)

Prizes for Race 2
at 2:00 pm | Total Value: 12,316.79

First Prize

Value $7,752.80

  • Gift Of Travel Voucher ($2,900.00)
  • Supply & Service Package from Oxygen Yoga & Fitness ($2,500.00)
  • $1,000.00 Save On Foods GC
  • $500.00 Aberdeen Mall GC
  • $500.00 Mount Paul Golf Package
  • Kamloops Water Sport Rentals Package ($352.80)
Second Place

Value $2,483.88

  • YMCA BC Family Pass ($1,282.28)
  • Surplus Herby’s Outdoor Adventure Package ($750.00 GC’s)
  • $250.00 First Place Detail & Preformance GC
  • Kamloops Water Sport Rentals Package ($201.60)
Third Place

Value $2,080.11

  • Cocktail Party at Earls Restaurant ($750.00)
  • $500.00 Brown’s Socialhouse GC’s
  • $500.00 Mittz Kitchen GC’s
  • WCT Flex Pass 5 ($229.31)
  • Kamloops Water Sport Rentals Package ($100.80)

Prizes as awarded. No substitutions. No cash value. See rules of play for full details. Gaming license number Race 1: 140656 & Race 2: 140657.

2024 Tickets Available Soon

Tickets available in person soon. Stay tuned!

2023 Tickets were available at all Save-On Food locations.



Sahali – 1210 Summit Dr.
Westsyde – 3435 Westsyde Rd.
Brocklehurst – #38-1800 Tranquille Rd.
Lansdowne – #200-450 Lansdowne St.
Valleyview – #9-2101 E. Trans Canada Hwy.

Single Tickets

1 for $10

Value Pack

3 for $25

~ Join us on Race Day ~


KBIA BBQ 12:00 to 3:00pm

Race 1 – 1pm

(Selling ends at 12:30)

Race 2 – 2pm

(Selling ends at 1:30)

Want to Volunteer?

Email events@kbia.ca 

Corporate Challenge 2024!

Buy books of 10 tickets for $100 to enter the Corporate Challenge




Each book of 10 ticket purchased gives you an entry into our Corporate Challenge prize pack! 


Co-Host the B100 On-Air Morning Show with Cheryl and Rich (priceless!)

Castanet Kamloops Promo Free Month of Community Display ($1680 retail value)

Special Thanks to our sponsors of the Corporate Challenge:

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Grand Papa Turtle

Ninja Turtle

Mama Turtle

Baby Turtle

Friendly Turtle

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Where do the Turtles race?

The Turtles race at Riverside Park. They are released at the railway bridge and float down the South Thompson River to the finish line strung up at the Pier. It’s a sprint to the finish that’s typically approximately 10-15 minutes per race (depending on the wind!).

2. Is there any age restriction to play?

You must be 19+ to play. All ages are welcome to join us for Race Day festivities.

3. Are we racing live turtles?

No! These turtles have been created from environmentally safe plastics and are not in any way damaging to the environment. At the end of the race boaters and kayakers collect all of the racing turtles.

4. How do I know if my turtle is a winner?

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placing turtles in both races will be announced at Riverside Park on race day. Don’t worry if you can’t make Race Day—we’ll contact all the winners to let them know. In the event of a discrepancy, a fourth-place turtle will be drawn and used to replace any disqualified turtle.

5. Can I volunteer to help support the turtle race?

We’re always looking for support to sell tickets and help out on Race Day. We also need assistance escorting the turtles down the river, so if you canoe or kayak, we would love to hear from you! To find out more and/or volunteer, please contact Danica at events@kbia.ca with any questions.

6. What happens on race day?

Race Day is a free, family friendly event, with entertainment. All ages are welcome! Join us on the beach at Riverside Park on Saturday, May 7, 2023 from noon to 3pm to cheer-on the Turtles as they race on the current down the South Thompson River from the railway bridge to the pier – great prizes up for grabs!

Come down for a BBQ and other booths along side the river. Proceeds from the BBQ go to KBIA.

Rules of Play


Ticket Information

Ticket orders will be available for purchase over the internet and delivered by email exclusively at this time. The Purchaser will receive, by email, a confirmation of the order with their ticket number(s) and tickets(s) attached and available for download and to print.

A total of 1,750 tickets are available for each race, with 1,000 tickets for $10.00 and 250 value packs @ 3 for $25.00. Tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia.



The following people are not permitted to purchase tickets in this lottery: Kamloops Brain Injury Association board members. A non-resident of British Columbia may purchase a ticket only if the entire payment transaction takes place while the person is physically in British Columbia and if the ticket or a receipt is issued at that time. Tickets or receipts will not be distributed to, emailed, mailed or otherwise sent to a non-resident’s third-party address in B.C.

A non-resident winner of a prize is responsible for all costs associated with delivery of prize to the location the winner specifies, that is outside the province of British Columbia.

When a resident of British Columbia is outside the province of British Columbia, they may not place an order to purchase tickets. This restriction includes all methods of ordering tickets.

Ticket Purchaser must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered to the minor’s parents, legal guardian or trustee. Know your limit, play within it. Problem Gambling Help Line 1-888-795-6111 www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca.

Non-residents of British Columbia may not order tickets by telephone, fax or mail.

For further information on restrictions on purchasing, please see Standard Procedures for Ticket Raffles, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, Province of British Columbia. The website for this information is www.gaming.gov.bc.ca.


Chances of Winning

Per Race: There are 3 prizes available to be won including the grand prize. The odds of winning any prize is 1 in 500.


Tax Information

Prizes are awarded tax free in Canada. The price of tickets is not deductible as a charitable donation for tax purposes in Canada.


Pertinent Draw Dates

Cut-off times for ticket sales are at 12:30 on May 7, 2023 for Race 1 and 1:30pm on May 7,2023 for Race 2. The final draw for all prizes will be held at the end of each race (starting at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm on May 7, 2023. Only tickets that have been paid for and/or verified as paid are eligible to be entered in the draw(s).

The winner of any prize does not have to be present to claim the prize.


Cash Equivalents and Prize Details

There are 3 prizes available to be won for each race. The retail value of the grand prize is $7,752.80  for Race #1 and $7,752.80 for Race #2. The retail value of all prizes is $12,316.79 for Race #1 and $12,316.79 for Race #2 based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price as provided by our supplier and this amount includes any related taxes on individual prizes.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded and must be claimed within one (1) year of the draw date. No substitutions are permitted by winners except where a cash option or alternate prize is specified. Prizes may not be exactly as shown. Winners of a prize will be required to sign a “Receipt of Prize” and consent to the release of their names by the Licensee.


Online Ticket Sales

We have contracted the services of the Kamloops Brain Injury Association to sell Lottery tickets by taking ticket inquiries from this website and calling back purchasers to conduct the actual ticket sale by telephone. Lottery tickets will be sent to the purchaser by mail.

In addition:

  • Ticket purchasers must be physically in the province of B.C. when placing the order; and
  • The address given for tickets must be a valid B.C. address

Non-residents of British Columbia cannot purchase tickets by phone, fax or mail.

Group name in trust – When a Group name is added at the time of purchase the Group Name will be added to the ticket when issued to the primary purchaser. It is then considered held in trust by the primary purchaser for the benefit of the Group. The identity and members of the group are the responsibility of the primary purchaser.



Each winning ticket will be selected using a random number generator.

The list of the winner will be published on the this website.

If a credit card payment is charged back, you will be contacted by the Payment Processor and given opportunity to provide replacement payment according to the terms and conditions of the Payment Processor. Any tickets issued will be considered invalid until replacement payment is received.

The records of Kamloops Brain Injury Association shall be deemed correct if there is a discrepancy in numbers.

All sales are final once the ticket number is assigned, and all sales are subject to credit approval. The Licensee reserves discretionary right not to accept entries.

The Purchaser is responsible for proof-of-ownership of shared tickets.

Should a prize be unavailable due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizers, the winner shall be awarded the fair market value of the prize.

The liability of the organizer is limited to the ticket price paid. Winners will be notified directly by email, phone and/or mail by the organizers as to the prize they have won and how to claim.

Winners consent to the release of their names by the Licensee. The list of winners will be published on this website and in local media.

If there is a discrepancy, the list and rules located on this website shall be deemed correct.

For enquiries relating to any ticket purchased please call Kamloops Brain Injury Association 250-372-1799.



The Licensee Kamloops Brain Injury Association is located at 408 Victoria Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2A7. Phone number is 250-372-1799. Email is events@kbia.ca. The draw procedures comply to the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of B.C. 

Gaming Event Licenses

Race 1 @ 1:00PM: License # 140656
Race 2 @ 2:00PM: Licence # 140657

Know your limit, play within it

Problem Gambling
Help Line:



Must be 19+
to play