Turtle Crawl

March 14, 2020 • Great Dunes Beach Park

Turtle Crawl was created in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) to support its mission of sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and education. In more than a decade of operation, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center has provided care for more than 3,000 patients, including a variety of sea turtle species and other coastal wildlife.

Set on Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest, Turtle Crawl participants have raised more than $100,000 to help save sea turtles. These races are fast, flat, and a fun way to support the efforts of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. We sincerely appreciate your support for this event and GSTC, and hope you’ll join us for Turtle Crawl in 2020.

Registration is now open, and we are looking forward to a wonderful day of races and saving turtles.

Event Details

Race Overview • Registration • Weekend Schedule • Lodging • Sponsors • Volunteers • Race Results & Photos

Race Overview

5k & 10k Road Races

These courses are a runner’s dream: fast, flat, and offer out-of-this-world scenic views. The road races will start near the Jekyll Island Convention Center, travel north along Beachview Drive, turn at each race’s half-way point, and return south along the oceanfront path. These races are fun for athletes of all skill levels and ages, and the 10k is a qualifier for the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia.

Medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers, both males and females, and by age groups.
14 & under | 15-19 | 20-24 | 25-29 | 30-34 | 35-39 | 40-44 | 45-49 | 50-54 | 55-59 | 60-64 | 65-69 | 70+

Race Location: Start – Jekyll Island Convention Center; Finish – Great Dunes Beach Park
Race Start Time: 8 a.m. – 10k; 8:15 a.m, – 5k

Fun Run: One-Mile Beach Run/Walk

Turtle Crawl includes a one-mile Fun Run along the beach. This race offers a great opportunity for families to race together, taking in the scenery of Jekyll Island’s shore. Minimum age for participants in the Fun Run is three and up, as strollers are not recommended.

All participants will receive a race T-shirt and all other aspects included in registration, but awards will not be given for the Fun Run.

Race Location: Start & finish near Great Dunes Beach Park
Race Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Ghost Crawler

A popular new addition to Turtle Crawl, the Ghost Crawler – for those of you who want to support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, but prefer to sleep in on a a Saturday morning.

Ghost Crawler’s T-shirts will be mailed to them after the event, but they will not receive admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Course Maps

Download PDFs of all race courses.
10K Race Map  5K Race Map  1 Mile Fun Run Map


Registration Package

All races’ registration fees include:

  • Race T-Shirt. Must be registered by February 15, 2020 to guarantee a T-shirt and/or size. Shirts will be short-sleeved in sizes of youth small-large and adult extra small-2XL. 
  • Admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. See race packet for details. Not applicable to Ghost Crawlers.
  • Post-Race Food
  • Donation to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Registration Milestones & Details

  • Races are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be deferred to another year.
    • Regular registration will be available online through March 11, 2020 and on-site day-of.
  • Weather Policy
    • Safety is of the utmost importance to the organizers of Turtle Crawl Weekend. As with all our events, we will be tracking the weather in the weeks and days leading up to the race.


Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 13, 2020 • Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The GSTC is located in the National Historic Landmark District at 214 Stable Road. 

  • 3-5:00 p.m.: Packet pick-up
    • We highly recommend picking up your packet prior to race morning. 

Saturday, March 14, 2020 • Great Dunes Beach Park

Great Dunes Beach Park is located on N. Beachview Drive, between the Jekyll Island Convention Center and Tortuga Jack’s. 

  • 6:30 a.m.: Packet pick-up
    • 7:45 a.m.: Firm close for 5K & 10K packet pick-up and registration
      • We highly recommend picking up your packet at Friday’s packet pick-up.
    • 9 a.m.: Firm close for Fun Run registration
  • 8 a.m.: 10k race starts
  • 8:15 a.m.: 5k race starts
  • 9:30 a.m.: Fun Run starts
  • 10 a.m.: 5k  & 10k Awards


Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center

Villas by the Sea Resort is a proud sponsor of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races. Villas by the Sea offers a wide range of guest rooms from which to choose. Resort amenities include large pool, bike rentals, 17 oceanside acres of lush, tropical landscaping, and on-site restaurant, Driftwood Bistro. Come enjoy the annual Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races and stay at Villas by the Sea!

Please call 1.800.841.6262 or 912.635.2521 and mention “Turtle Crawl Races” for special rates.

2-Night Reservations
Mini Villas/Studios: $119
1 Bedrooms$129-139
2 Bedrooms$199-229
3 Bedrooms$235-249

1-Night Reservations
Mini Villas/Studios$144
1 Bedrooms$169-179
2 Bedrooms$264-284
3 Bedrooms$294-314



Michelob Ultra

Step One Automotive Group

Quintanar Running Company

Southeast Georgia Health System

Interested in being a sponsor of Turtle Crawl 2020? Please contact Ainsley Toal to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Ainsley Toal, Jekyll Island Authority Events Manager 


Volunteering is the perfect way to get involved in your community and support a great cause! We are looking for spirited volunteers for Jekyll Island’s Turtle Crawl Weekend on March 14, 2020. We need your to help make this event a running success.

Sign-up for Volunteering Info

For questions regarding Turtle Crawl volunteering, please contact Erin Evors.

Erin Evors, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator

Race Results & Photos

Thanks to all our race participants, volunteers, and sponsors for making 2019 a success. Race times and results from 2019 can be found below, and we look forward to breaking even more records in 2020!

Race Results

View results from the 2019 Turtle Crawl races.


View photos from the 2019 Turtle Crawl races.

Claim Award or Shirt

Miss awards ceremony on race day? No worries! Complete a claim form.

Date: March 14, 2020

Location: Great Dunes Beach Park