Otter Slide

A man on cross-country skis pulling a covered sled down a snowy trail through a birch forest.

Otter Slide is a virtual outdoor race fundraiser supporting Great Lakes Aquarium. Sign up to ski, snowshoe, fat tire bike or pull your kid on a sled — for glory or for fun!

Your route? Whatever local trail calls to you! Your race time? Whenever you feel the need!

Participate for fun at your own pace or in a timed event for all the marbles (and by marbles, we mean a medal!).

Collect sponsorships and raise money for Great Lakes Aquarium while enjoying winter in the Northland.

How to Participate

1. Pick a Pace

Race for Fun (not timed)

  • $30 per participant ($75 for family ski of up to two adults and up to four children ages 12 and under)
  • All participants receive a race shirt
  • Participants are eligible for additional prizes based on fundraising sponsorship level

Race for Glory (timed)

  • $30 per participant ($75 for family ski of up to two adults and up to four children ages 12 and under)
  • All participants receive a race shirt
  • Participants are eligible for additional prizes based on fundraising sponsorship level
  • Map your route and time your race. Racers must send screenshots of their route distance and elapsed time to events@glaquarium.org by March 4, 2022. Suggested smart device apps for tracking your race include:
    • StravaClick here to view a list of compatible devices
    • MapMyRun – available for Apple & Android devices
    • Don’t have a smart device? Contact events@glaquarium.org to submit an alternative timing plan.
  • Medals will be awarded for the three fastest times in each race category.
  • IMPORTANT: The goal of this race is to get outside, enjoy local trails, and support Great Lakes Aquarium. Please note that time and distance submissions will be accepted using the honor system. We trust you.

2. Pick a Category

Don’t forget to submit photos/videos with your donation form or email them to events@glaquarium.org for a chance to be featured in Otter Slide promotions!

3. Register

Registration for 2022 has closed.

4. Collect Sponsorships

Invite your family and friends to participate from the comfort of their couches! The more donations you collect for Great Lakes Aquarium, the more prizes you take home!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Solicit sponsorships from family and friends.
  2. Keep those donations safe until you’re ready to submit one final lump sum.
  3. Submit donations online or mail payment by check (do not mail cash!) made out to Great Lakes Aquarium in an envelope labeled:

Great Lakes Aquarium
c/o Otter Slide Donation
353 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

*Cash and check donations may also be dropped off at the front desk of Great Lakes Aquarium during normal business hours (in a clearly labeled envelope). Due to compliance laws, Great Lakes Aquarium may not accept credit card payments over the phone or by email.

Submit your sponsorship donation by Friday, March 4, 2022.

Prizes

Funds RaisedPrizes
$30 (registration fee)– Event T-shirt
$31-$99– Event T-shirt
– Great Lakes Aquarium Sturgeon Ice Cube Koozie
– 2 Adult + 2 Child Passes to Great Lakes Aquarium
$100-$249– Event T-shirt
– Great Lakes Aquarium Sturgeon Ice Cube Koozie
– 2 Adult + 2 Child Passes to Great Lakes Aquarium
– Great Lakes Aquarium Beanie
– Large Stuffed Animal
$250-$499– Event T-shirt
– Great Lakes Aquarium Sturgeon Ice Cube Koozie
– 2 Adult + 2 Child Passes to Great Lakes Aquarium
– Great Lakes Aquarium Beanie
– Large Stuffed Animal
– Complimentary Tickets to Great Lakes Aquarium Events for 1 Year including Winter Brrr Gardens, Nights Out at Great Lakes Aquarium, Earth Rider Summer Beer Gardens, Aqua Affair, Scarium at the Aquarium, Otters’ Birthdays, New Exhibit Openings and more!
$500+– Event T-shirt
– Great Lakes Aquarium Sturgeon Ice Cube Koozie
– 2 Adult + 2 Child Passes to Great Lakes Aquarium
– Great Lakes Aquarium Beanie
– Large Stuffed Animal
– Complimentary Tickets to Great Lakes Aquarium Events for 1 Year
– Animal Encounter for up to 20 guests
– Complimentary Birthday Party or Event Rental Discount of Equal Amount ($200 value)

After the event deadline, prizes will be awarded based on sponsorship level (registration fee is included in your sponsorship level).

Prizes & medals will be available for curbside pickup after March 18, 2022 (exact dates and times to be determined).

Let’s get outside together!

Registration

Registration for Otter Slide 2022 has closed. Check back for next year’s registration in January 2023.

Sporty logo consisting of a snowshoe, ski poles, a fat tire bike tire and otter footprint

Questions? Contact us at events@glaquarium.org