Turtle Crawl Returns April 29, 2023

Turtle Crawl

Support sea turtle rehabilitation with 10K, 5K, and 1K races.

It's Turtle Crawl, Y'all!

April 29, 2023 at Beach Village

The fan-favorite annual race event returns to the road on Saturday, April 29, 2023! Race with us on Jekyll Island as we mark the start of sea turtle nesting season on the Georgia coast. This important fundraising event supports the lifesaving work of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, through the Jekyll Island Foundation. Your support helps continue the Center’s mission of sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education.

Turtle Crawl was created in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center 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. Turtle Crawl participants have raised more than $100,000 to help save sea turtles and we sincerely appreciate your support for this event!


Become a sea turtle ambassador and race for a cause. Registration is now open! To join the races on April 29, 2023, choose between a 10K, 5K, and 1K Fun Run. Or, sleep in and still get Turtle Crawl swag by becoming a Ghost Crawler, our virtual participant option. Online registration closes Wednesday, April 26. To guarantee your shirt size, register by Friday, April 14.









Prices increase after March 9

Event Details


Registration for the 2023 Turtle Crawl is now open and includes a 2023 Turtle Crawl T-shirt. Runners placing in their age group will also receive a medal. Online registration closed Wednesday, April 26. But, to guarantee a race shirt, register by Friday, April 14. Prices increase after March 9 and April 9. Register now »

Race Shirts

To guarantee your race T-shirt size for race day, complete your registration by the date above. Race participants can pick up their T-shirts at packet pickup or on the morning of Turtle Crawl. For Ghost Crawlers, every effort will be made to deliver your T-shirt by race day.

Packet Pickup

Race packets will be available for pickup on Friday, April 28, from 2-7 p.m. at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center located at 901 Downing Musgrove Causeway, Jekyll Island.


Show your turtle support by lending your time and energy to the Turtle Crawl event. 

About the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility. The Center offers the public a chance to learn about sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action with a host of interactive exhibits and experiences. Year-round indoor and outdoor programs are also available for guests of all ages.