Turtle Crawl Weekend

May 11-13, 2018

Since 2003, Jekyll Island has hosted the Turtle Crawl, a set of races benefitting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC). Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest are settings for two triathlons – the International Distance Triathlon and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, both sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Returning for 2018, a 10k race will accompany the 5k run, providing race fun for the whole family. All races are timed, and take place on certified courses.

From elite, world-class athletes to running novices, the Turtle Crawl races offer something for every athlete at every skill level. With four races to choose from coupled with a unique island getaway, Turtle Crawl Weekend on Jekyll is a not to be missed “racecation” for all families.

Turtle Crawl Event Details

Registration & Fundraising | Weekend Schedule | Race Details | Official Hotel | SponsorsVolunteers | Race Results & Photos

Registration & Fundraising

Registration Includes

  • Race T-Shirt, must be registered by April 9 to guarantee a T-shirt and/or size
  • Goodie Bag
  • Free Race Photos
  • Post-Race Food
  • Donation to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Registration Milestones & Details

  • Registration schedule & costs: 2018 Turtle Crawl Registration Details
    • Races are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and cannot be deferred to another year
  • Sprint & International Triathlons
    • Online registration ends May 9, 2018
    • No on-site registration
    • Open to individual age groups, Clydesdale (male 220+ lbs), Athena (female 165+ lbs), and relay teams
  • 5k/10k Races
    • Regular registration will be available online through May 9, 2018
    • On-site beginning May 11, 2018
    • Open to individual age groups
  • 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.

Will Race for Turtles

These races do more than get your blood pumping; they also benefit the Island’s renowned GSTC. The GSTC is operated by the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) as a conservation program dedicated to increasing awareness through education, rehabilitation, and research programs. The Center is a working wildlife hospital that is open to the public, offering an interactive exhibit gallery and rehabilitation pavilion where guests can observe and learn about sea turtle and other wildlife patients. Since opening its doors in 2007, the GSTC has healed and released nearly 2,500 animals. The JIA, along with generous supporters through the Jekyll Island Foundation, enable the GSTC to operate its life-saving facility, the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia.

A portion of your Turtle Crawl race registration goes directly to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. But we can do better, and we’re guessing you’re up for a little friendly competition. As part of your 2018 Turtle Crawl training, we challenge all athletes to raise additional funds for the GSTC. Swim, bike, run, fundraise. The miles add up and so can the dollars. The money you raise will help fund the rehabilitation costs for the Center’s patients and educational programming. Raise a lot of money and you’ll get some serious bragging rights. It’s a win-win.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 11, 2018

12-7:00 p.m.: Race Expo at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center
NEW LOCATION includes packet pick-up, food trucks, sponsors, and race vendors
The GSTC is located in the National Historic Landmark District at 214 Stable Road
We highly recommend picking up your packet prior to your race morning. No new triathlon registrations on race weekend.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

7 a.m.: International Distance Triathlon

  • 1500m swim: Point-to-point in Atlantic Ocean
  • 29-mile bike: Two loops of Jekyll Island
  • 10k run: Out & back course

7:30 a.m.: Sprint Distance Triathlon

  • 600m swim: Point-to-point in Atlantic Ocean
  • 14.5-mile bike: One loop of Jekyll Island
  • 5k run: Out & back course

Location: Great Dunes Park, N. Beachview Drive, between the Jekyll Island Convention Center and Tortuga Jack’s

We highly recommend picking up your packet at Friday’s Race Expo.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

7 a.m.: 10k
7:15 a.m.: 5k
Both runs start near the Jekyll Island Convention Center electronic sign, and run along Beachview Drive. At the half-way point of each race, runners will turn and finish along either the bike path or “beach walk”before finishing at Great Dunes Park. 

Race Details

Sprint and International Triathlons – May 12, 2018

5 a.m.: Body marking & chips open | Packet pick-up opens – Large Pavilion, Great Dunes Park
5:30 a.m.: Transition opens & packet pick-up for triathletes opens
6:15 a.m.: International athletes to the beach
6:45 a.m.: Packet pick-up closes | International athletes pre-race announcements
7 a.m.: International race swim starts
7:15 a.m.: Sprint athletes pre-race announcements
7:30 a.m.: Sprint race swim starts
11 a.m.: International Triathlon awards*
11:30 a.m.: Sprint Triathlon awards*

5k & 10k Races – May 13, 2018

5:30-6:45 a.m.: Registration & packet pick-up – Large Pavilion, Great Dunes Park
7 a.m.: 10k starts
7:15 a.m.: 5k starts
9:30 a.m.: 5k and 10k awards*

*If you are unable to attend the awards ceremony, please complete the form below to claim your award. Download PDF: 2018 Turtle Crawl Award Claim Form 

Course Maps

Download PDFs of all race courses

Official Turtle Crawl Hotel

Bring your family for a “race-cation” on Jekyll Island and stay at Villas by the Sea, the official hotel of Turtle Crawl 2018. Make your reservation today to take advantage of these special Turtle Crawl rates!

Mini Villa/Studio$99N/A
One Bedroom$129$139
Two Bedroom$189$199
Three Bedroom$239$259

Reservations on this room block can be made by calling 800.841.6262, extension 1. Please mention “Turtle Crawl” when calling.

Valid dates: May 10-13, 2018. Rates are subject to tax and 5% resort fee. Rates are per villa per night. Advance deposit of one night’s room charge is due at time of reserving.


Thank you to all of our sponsors for making the 2018 Turtle Crawl races possible. We appreciate your partnership!

Turtle Crawl Sponsors 2018

Interested in being a sponsor of Turtle Crawl Weekend? Please contact Nancy Kring-Rowan to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Nancy Kring-Rowan, Jekyll Island Authority Director of Events 

Download PDF: Turtle Crawl Sponsorship Information


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 May 11, 12, & 13, 2018. We need your to help make this event a running success.

Volunteer Perks:

  • Free Entrance to the Island
  • Event Staff T-Shirt
  • Goodie Bag
  • Snacks and Beverages


New for 2018, all volunteer registration is managed through RunSignUp.

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

Erin Evors, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator

Race Results & Photos

Thanks to all our race participants, volunteers, and sponsors, 2017 was biggest Turtle Crawl ever. Race times and results from 2017 can be found below, and we look forward to breaking even more records in 2018!

Race Results

View results from the 2018 Turtle Crawl races.


Get your free pictures from Turtle Crawl 2018.

Date: May 11-13, 2018

Location: Great Dunes Park