Turtle Trek Challenge – January 24 through April 4

Our Turtle Trek Challenge will raise funds for the residents of the Pine Ridge reservation through our mission partner, Re-Member. “Re-Member is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which works with the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USA. We improve the quality of reservation life through relationships, shared resources and volunteer services” (quoted from the Re-Member Website). Turtle Trek donations will directly fund fuel costs for the Oglala Lakota people living on Pine Ridge.

Directions for participation in the Turtle Trek Challenge:

Register for the Turtle Trek on Realm. If you don’t have a Realm account, download the pledge form here.

Contact sponsors and record their pledges. You can download a pledge sheet when you register, or access one here.

Keep track of your miles. Ten miles a week for ten weeks is your promise to your sponsors. You can walk, jog, ski, snowshoe, use your treadmill, etc.

Once you have completed the 10-week, 100-mile trek (end date is April 4) please let your sponsors know. Donations can be made in one of three ways:

  • Trekkers can collect sponsors’ pledges and submit them to the church.
  • Sponsors can mail checks directly to the church. Checks should be made out to FCUCC. Please clearly mark the memo line with “Turtle Trek funds.”
  • Sponsors can donate directly through the Re-Member Website. (Select “Winter Heating” from the dropdown menu.) They will receive a tax receipt from Re-Member.

The official Turtle Trek launch will take place on Sunday, January 24, departing from the church parking lot at 11:00 AM. Those of us able to join the launch will complete our first mile(s) by walking along the Fox River. Please wear your masks and observe social distancing for this event!

Turtle Trekkers can celebrate the successful conclusion of their 100-mile journey with a victory lap on Easter Sunday, April 4. Meet us at the church parking lot!


  • Snowshoers can find suggestions for snowshoe trails (compiled by Nancy Brown-Keller.)
  • Appleton trails with descriptions (e.g., accessible and snow-cleared paths) can be found here.


Questions? Contact Eilene Hoft-March at [email protected].

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