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Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races

March 9 @ 8:00 am

Exciting changes are ahead for the 2019 Turtle Crawl races!

Turtle Crawl was created in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center(GSTC). Since that time, the event and its participants have raised more than $100,000 to help save sea turtles. In just 11 years 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. GSTC has also provided environmental education for more than 1,200 groups, and last year welcomed more than 109,000 guests in the Center from near and far.

As the Center continues to grow and change, so will the event that supports its lifesaving work. As we analyzed past Turtle Crawl events, we discovered that the increasing costs of producing triathlons, combined with declining triathlon participation, was preventing us from efficiently and effectively raising money for GSTC. This analysis brought us to the decision to eliminate the triathlon from the Turtle Crawl events. We will continue to host the highly popular 5k and 10k races, and as a response to your requests, we have added a one-mile Fun Run on the beach and shifted the event date to earlier in the spring. Turtle Crawl will be held March 9, 2019.

 What’s Changing

  • Turtle Crawl sprint and international triathlons have been eliminated
  • 5k and 10k races will remain
  • New one-mile fun run/walk on the beach
  • New date – March 9, 2019
  • Registration prices remain the same, including a donation to the Georgia Sea Turtle + daily admission to the Center

With a renewed focus on fundraising via the Turtle Crawl 5K, 10K, and Fun Run races, we will all be able to better support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and its mission of research, rehabilitation, and education.

We sincerely appreciate your support for this event and GSTC, and hope you’ll join us for Turtle Crawl in 2019. Registration is now open, and we are looking forward to a wonderful day of races and saving turtles.

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Jekyll Island


Great Dunes Park
Ocean View Trail
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 United States
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