Turtle Crawl Triathlon, 10k & 5k
Date: May 11-13, 2018
Location: Great Dunes Park
75 North Beachview Dr
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
One of Jekyll Island’s great traditions returns for 2018 – Turtle Crawl. This series of races – triathlons, 5K, and 10K – benefit the renowned Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and unofficially kick-off the start of sea turtle nesting season. This unique event on Georgia’s coast 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 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 skill level, from elite, world-class athletes to novices. The weekend’s schedule includes an International Distance Triathlon and a Sprint Distance Triathlon on Saturday, and a traditional 10K / 5K run on Sunday.
These heart-healthy races along Jekyll Island’s picturesque shoreline and maritime forest do more than get your blood pumping; they also aid sea turtle education, research, and rehabilitation at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) through the Jekyll Island Foundation. Learn more below.
*Event fees are non-refundable and no transfers or deferrals are allowed. The event directors or JIA does not mail out shirts, swag or awards.*
Race Registration Includes:
- Race T-Shirt
- Goody Bag
- USAT Sanctioned Triathlon Races
- Timed Event
- Post-Race food
We do not mail awards, shirts, race packets or other swag items.
Turtle Crawl Sprint Triathlon:
- 600m swim (point to point in the ocean)
- 14.5 mile bike (one loop of the island),
- 5k run (out and back)
Turtle Crawl International-Distance Triathlon:
- 1500m swim (point to point in the ocean)
- 29 mile bike (two loops of the island),
- 10k run (out and back)
Turtle Crawl 5k and 10k runs:
- Both start near the Jekyll Island Convention Center and run along Beachview Drive
- At the half-way point of each race, runners will turn and finish along either the bike path or “beachwalk” before finishing at Great Dunes Park.
For more information about the Turtle Crawl weekend, please visit www.jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/turtle-crawl-weekend/.
Have a run and discover some natural fun!
- Friday, May 11th from 12n-7pm: Georgia Sea Turtle Center (all races and new 5k/10k registrations)
- Georgia Sea Turtle Center address: 214 Stable Road Jekyll Island, GA 31527
- Saturday, May 12th from 5:30am-6:30am: Great Dunes Park (for triathlons only at this time)
- Saturday, May 12th from 4pm-7pm: Location TBD (5k and 10k runs and new registrations)
- Sunday , May 13th from 5:30am-6:45am: Great Dunes Park (5k and 10k runs and new registrations)
- We HIGHLY recommend picking up your packet prior to your race morning.
- No new triathlon registrations on race weekend.
Note: Races are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.
Shirts: The deadline to guarantee a shirt is April 9, 2018.
Weather policy: Safety is of the utmost importance to the organizers of the Turtle Crawl Events. As with all of our events, we will be tracking the weather in the weeks and days leading up to the race. Please keep in mind that this event has a no refund policy and this includes if the race is cancelled due to an “act of God”.
Want to help give back and volunteer? You can find the volunteers positions and sign up here: Turtle Crawl Volunteer Page.
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
4-7 p.m.: Packet Pick-Up, including 5K & 10K runs & new registrations
Location to be provided at a future date
We highly recommend picking up your packet prior to your race morning.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
NEW HOURS FOR 2018 ROAD RACES
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.
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
NEW HOURS FOR 2018 ROAD RACES
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
Map & Directions to Race
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.