Turtle Crawl Weekend

May 12-14, 2017

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 & Fundraising | Weekend Schedule | Race Details | Turtle Crawl Festival | Sponsors | Vendor Applications | Volunteers | Race Results & Photos

Registration and Fundraising

Registration Includes

  • Race T-Shirt, must be registered by March 31 to guarantee a T-shirt and/or 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

Online registration is now closed. Participants in the 5K & 10K races may register on-site the day of the race, but there is no on-site registration for the triathlons.

Official Turtle Crawl Hotel

Bring your family for a “race-cation” on Jekyll Island and stay at Villas by the Sea, the official hotel of Turtle Crawl 2017. Make your reservation today to take advantage of these special Turtle Crawl rates!

Islandside Oceanside
Mini Villa/Studio $99 N/A
One Bedroom $129 $139
Two Bedroom $189 $199
Three Bedroom $239 $259

Reservations on this room block can be made by calling 800.841.6262, extension 1. Please mention “Turtle Crawl” when calling.

Valid dates: May 11-14, 2017. Rates are subject to 12% tax and 5% resort fee. Rates are per villa per night. Advance deposit of one night’s room charge is due at time of reserving.

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.


Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 12, 2017
12-7:00 p.m.: Race Expo at Great Dunes Park, including packet pick-up and race vendors
Great Dunes Park is located on N. Beachview Drive, between the Jekyll Island Convention Center and Tortuga Jack’s.

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)
CANCELLED: 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

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

Turtle Crawl Festival – CANCELLED

Due to on-going and anticipated inclement weather, the Turtle Crawl Festival (5-8 p.m.) and Sea Turtle Release (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) have been canceled. Please join us tomorrow for the Turtle Crawl 5K and 10K races. Onsite registration for these races will be open 6:00-7:30 a.m. at Great Dunes Beach Pavilion, and races begin at 8 a.m.

Thank you for supporting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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.


Interested in being a sponsor of Turtle Crawl Weekend? Details on sponsorship opportunities can be found in the document below.

Download: 2017 Turtle Crawl Weekend Sponsorship Opportunities (PDF)

Please contact Nancy Kring-Rowan to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Nancy Kring-Rowan, Jekyll Island Authority Events Manager

Presenting Sponsor & Recovery Lounge Sponsor


Award Ribbon Sponsor

The Westin

Recovery Lounge Sponsor


Paddle Board Sponsor

Turtle Tides

Caps & Tats Sponsor

Beachview Event Rentals & Design

Power Sports Equipment Sponsor

Bargeron Powersports and Marine

Spector Zone Sponsor

Jimison Massage

Water Safety Sponsor

Lighthouse Dive Services

Transition Sponsor


Vendor Applications

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. Sign up today to be a volunteer for Turtle Crawl Weekend.


Should you have additional questions, please contact Ainsley Toal regarding volunteer opportunities.

Ainsley Toal, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator

Race Results & Photos

Thanks to all our race participants, volunteers, and sponsors for making 2017 the biggest Turtle Crawl ever. Check out your race time and pictures in the links below, and registration for 2018 will be here before you know it!

Race Results
View results from the Turtle Crawl races.

Get your free pictures from Turtle Crawl 2017.

Date: May 12-14, 2017

Location: Great Dunes Park