Turtle Crawl Weekend

Since 2003, Jekyll Island has hosted the Turtle Crawl, a set of races benefitting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC). Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest are settings for two triathlons – the International Distance Triathlon and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, both sanctioned by USA Triathlon. New for 2016, a 10K race has been added to accompany the 5K run, providing race fun for the whole family.

These races do more than get your blood pumping; they also benefit the Island’s renowned GSTC. GSTC is operated by the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) as a conservation program dedicated to increasing awareness through education, rehabilitation, and research programs. The Center is a working wildlife hospital that is open to the public, offering an interactive exhibit gallery and rehabilitation pavilion where guests can observe and learn about sea turtle and other wildlife patients. Since opening its doors just nine years ago, GSTC has healed and released more than 1,650 animals. The JIA, along with generous supporters through the Jekyll Island Foundation, enable the GSTC to operate its life-saving facility, the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia. Funds raised from athletes participating in Turtle Crawl help fund the rehabilitation costs for the Center’s patients and educational programming.

Between the triathlon and 5K & 10K races, the new Beach Village will play host to Turtle Crawl Festival. Join GSTC for a celebration of the start of the sea turtle nesting season. Play in field day-style games hosted by the Center, dance with the GSTC mascot Scute during one of several live music performances on the Village Green, and grab a bite from a regional food truck. Enjoy the evening’s festivities while learning about what small changes you can do to make a huge difference in the life of a sea turtle.

From elite, world-class athletes to running novices, the Turtle Crawl races offer something for every athlete at every skill level. With four races to choose from combined with Turtle Crawl Festival and a unique island getaway, Turtle Crawl Weekend on Jekyll is a not to be missed “racecation” for all families.

Turtle Crawl Event Details

Registration & Fundraising | Weekend Schedule | Race Details | Race Results & Pictures | Sponsors | Vendor Applications | Volunteers

Registration and Fundraising

Registration Includes:

  • Race T-Shirt, must be registered by March 31 to guarantee proper T-shirt size
  • Goody Bag
  • Certified Course
  • Timed Event
  • Free Race Photos
  • Post-Race food

Run a Race

Support a Turtle

Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 12, 2017
12:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Race Expo at Jekyll Island Beach Village, including packet pick-up and race vendors
Beach Village is located on the island’s ocean side, between the Jekyll Island Convention Center and the Westin Jekyll Island.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
7 a.m. – International Distance Triathlon (1500m swim, 29 mile bike, 10K run)
7:30 a.m. – Sprint Distance Triathlon (600m swim, 14.5 mile bike, 5k run)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Turtle Crawl Festival in Beach Village
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – 5K & 10K Packet Pickup at the Turtle Crawl Festival

Sunday, May 15, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 10K
8:15 a.m. – 5K

Race Details

Sprint and International Triathlons – May 13, 2017
5 a.m.: Body marking & chips open / Packet pick-up opens – Large Pavilion, Great Dunes Park
5:30 a.m.: Transition opens
6:15 a.m.: International athletes to the beach
6:45 a.m.: International athletes pre-race announcements
7 a.m.: International race swim starts
7:15 a.m.: Sprint athletes pre-race announcements
7:30 a.m.: Sprint race swim starts
11 a.m.: International Triathlon awards
11:30 a.m.: Sprint Triathlon awards

5K & 10K races – May 14, 2017
6-7:30 a.m.: Registration & packet pick-up – Large Pavilion, Great Dunes Park
8 a.m.: 10K starts
8:15 a.m.: 5K starts
10:30 a.m.: 5K and 10K awards

Course Maps

Race Results & Pictures

Thanks to all our race participants, volunteers, and sponsors for making 2016 the biggest Turtle Crawl ever. Check out your race time and pictures in the links below, and registration for 2017 will be here before you know it!

Race Results
View results from the Turtle Crawl races.

Get your free pictures from Turtle Crawl 2016. Make sure you sign up to get notified via email when all pictures are available.


Thank you to our sponsors for your participation and generous support of Turtle Crawl.

Presenting Sponsor

Michelob Ultra

Host Hotel Sponsor

Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island

Turtle Crawl Awards Sponsor

The Westin

Swim Cap & Tattoos Sponsor

I-95 Toyota

Race Bib Sponsor

Advance Rehabilitation

Hotel Sponsors

Turtle Crawl Event Rates

Please call 1.800.841.6262 and mention “turtle crawl.”

  • Mini Villa/Studio: $99
  • One Bedroom Villa: $129-139
  • Two Bedroom Villa: $179-189
  • Three Bedroom Villa: $259

Rates are subject to tax and 5% resort fee.

Water Safety Team Hotel Sponsors

Vendor Applications

Download: Turtle Crawl Expo & Festival Application (PDF)
Download: Turtle Crawl Food Vendor Application (PDF)


We are looking for spirited volunteers for Jekyll Island’s Turtle Crawl Weekend on May 13, 14 and 15, 2016. We need your to help make this event a running success. Volunteer opportunities will support the International Distance and Sprint Triathlon, 5K & 10k and the Turtle Crawl Festival. All volunteers will receive a volunteer Turtle Crawl tee shirt and gift bag at volunteer orientation.


Date: May 13-15, 2016

Location: Great Dunes Park