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