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. Returning for 2017, a 10K race will accompany the 5K run, providing race fun for the whole family. All races are timed, and take place on certified courses.
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, 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 and Fundraising
- Race T-Shirt, must be registered by March 31 to guarantee proper T-shirt size
- Goody Bag
- Free Race Photos
- Post-Race Food
- Donation to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Registration Milestones & Details
- Registration schedule & costs: 2017 Turtle Crawl Registration Details
- Sprint & International Triathlons
- Online registration ends May 11, 2017
- No on-site registration
- Open to individual age groups, Clydesdale (male 220+ lbs), Athena (female 165+ lbs), and relay teams
- 5K/10K Races
- Regular registration will be available online through May 11, 2017
- On-site beginning May 12, 2017
- Open to individual age groups
Will Race for Turtles
These races do more than get your blood pumping; they also benefit the Island’s renowned GSTC. The 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 in 2007, the GSTC has healed and released nearly 2,500 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.
A portion of your Turtle Crawl race registration goes directly to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. But we can do better, and we’re guessing you’re up for a little friendly competition. As part of your 2017 Turtle Crawl training, we challenge all athletes to raise additional funds for the GSTC. Swim, bike, run, fundraise. The miles add up and so can the dollars. The money you raise will help fund the rehabilitation costs for the Center’s patients and educational programming. Raise a lot of money and you’ll get some serious bragging rights. It’s a win-win.
Friday, May 12, 2017
12-7:00 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)
5-8 p.m.: Turtle Crawl Festival in Beach Village & 5K/10K Packet Pickup, at the Festival
Sunday, May 14, 2017
8 a.m.: 10K
8:15 a.m.: 5K
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
Turtle Crawl Festival
Between the triathlon and 5K & 10K races, 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.
Check back soon for more information on being a Turtle Crawl sponsor. In the interim, please contact Nancy Kring-Rowan to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Nancy Kring-Rowan, Jekyll Island Authority Events Manager
Interested in being a vendor for Turtle Crawl? We’re now accepting applications to be considered for a food vendor during the Turtle Crawl Festival. All details can be found in the vendor application.
Should you have additional questions, please contact Holly Hickman regarding Turtle Crawl vendors.
Holly Hickman, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator
We are looking for spirited volunteers for Jekyll Island’s Turtle Crawl Weekend on May 12, 13, & 14, 2017. 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.
Please contact Ainsley Toal to learn more about volunteer opportunities for Turtle Crawl 2017.
Ainsley Toal, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator
Race Results & Photos
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!
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.
Date: May 12-14, 2017
Location: Great Dunes Park