Ready? Set. Crawl!

Saturday May 17, 2014


It’s time again for one of Jekyll Island’s great traditions, the Turtle Crawl Triathlon and NestFest, which help launch the annual sea turtle nesting season in Georgia’s Golden Isles. The spring event on this beautiful barrier island celebrates athleticism and ecology and is the perfect place for a fun, family “racecation”!

Known as one of the most-scenic triathlons on the East Coast, the Turtle Crawl Triathlon on Jekyll Island is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Jekyll Island’s magnificent Great Dunes Park is the start-finish area for the three Turtle Crawl races that together accommodate every age and skill level, from elite, world-class triathletes to novices enjoying a 5k run.

These heart-healthy races along Jekyll Island’s picturesque shoreline and forests do more than get your blood pumping; they also aid endangered sea turtle research and rehabilitation with a portion of each race registration going to the Jekyll Island Foundation for the benefit of sea turtle conservation and other conservation, preservation and education programs.

Families with children of all ages are invited to participate in the educational NestFest activities that will take place near the Turtle Crawl finish line and then to join Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff on the beach for the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle.

First have a run, then discover some natural fun!

Register for 5K Run by clicking here

International Distance Triathlon

  • 1500m swim, 29 mile bike, 10k run
  • Start at 7am

Sprint Distance Triathlon

  • 600m swim, 14.5 mile bike, 5k run
  • Start at 7:30am

5K Run

  • Start at 8:15am in the parking lot in front of Great Dunes Park

NestFest Schedule of Activities-

The NestFest activities accompanying the races, which kick off at 7:00 a.m., are free to the public (with the $6 Jekyll Island parking fee).

Vendors include- Tyler Dominey- Metal Artists, Georgia Sea Turtle Center Education Team, Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop, Lydia Thompson- Birding.

Activities include:

8:20 am Mascot Dash (to start after 5K at the Finish Line)

9:00 am Marine Debris Clean Up – on the beach

9:30 – 10:00 am Meet Scute  - at the Entertainment Tent

9:30 am Story Time – at the Entertainment Tent

10:30 am Puppet Show – at the Entertainment Tent

11:00 am Scute on Pavilion for Awards Ceremony

11:30 am Totally Terrapins Program – at the Entertainment Tent

12:00 – 1:30 pm Obstacle Course – on the beach

12:30 am Story Time – at the Entertainment Tent

2:00 pm Turtle Release – on the beach 

3:00 – 6:00 pm Extended Hours – at GSTC

5:00 pm Dr. Norton will draw Grand Prize from his Treatment Room (Must be present to win).

Georgia Sea Turtle Center will be open until 6pm. Free Raffle Ticket with Admission  from 3:00-5:00pm. Prizes include: Honey, Eckert Books, Glass Window Turtles, Framed Release Posters, Turtle Art. Grand Prize: Behind the Scenes Tour with Dr. Norton,  Director of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center..


We are looking for great volunteers for Jekyll Island’s 12th Annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon and 5K race, May 17, 2014! With more than 700 athletes participating, we need many hard working volunteers to make this event fun and safe. Join with us and take part in this exciting weekend that benefits the Georgia Sea Turtle Center through the Jekyll Island Foundation.

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Race Maps

Familiarize yourself with the course prior to race day and avoid any confusion during the competition.

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Need to Know

Packet Pick up at Jekyll Island Convention Center

  • International Distance Triathlon and Sprint Distance Triathlon:  Friday, May 16, 2014, 2:00-6:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 17, 5:00-6:30 a.m.
  • 5K Run packet pickup and last-call registration:  Friday, May 16, 2014, 2:00-6:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 a.m.
  • Participant race chips for all events distributed Saturday morning only (May 17)

Pre-Race Pasta Party Friday, May 16, 2014  | Jekyll Island Convention Center | 6 pm – 7:30 pm Tickets must be purchased in advance with online race registration: $10 per person, children ages 4 and younger admitted free

Partner Hotels


Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-841-6262 X1.
Please mention “Turtle Crawl” when calling for special lodging rates May 16-18, 2014.

• Jekyll Island Club Hotel | (855) 638-3974
$199 per night including breakfast for two

• Fairfield Inn & Suites (Brunswick) |  (912) 264-206
$84 (including complimentary  breakfast).  Call and refer to the Turtle Crawl Triathlon and NestFest.

• Quality Inn & Suites Jekyll Island
Rates starting at $109 per night with a Deluxe Continental Breakfast included.
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 912-635-2202 and asking for the LTCT rate code or can be booked online by clicking here.

Put the Fun in Fundraising

Race_for_survivalWe challenge YOU to race for their survival! Did you know, only one in 4,000 sea turtle hatchlings make it to adulthood? An increasing number of human impacts are affecting their survival rate. Our mission: conservation through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education. Since 2007, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center is able to provide state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles. However, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center can’t fulfill its mission alone-we need YOUR HELP!

  • Join Our Interactive fundraising event, Race for Their Survival, and help us raise funds while you prepare for the big race.
  • To put the fun in fundraising, form a team and witness the miracle of teamwork!

Click to Join or Form Your Own Team



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