Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront, maritime forest, and flat terrain make the barrier island an athlete’s dream. Since 2003, Jekyll Island has hosted Turtle Crawl, a weekend of races to benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Runners from around the world travel to Jekyll for the two USA Triathlon-sanctioned triathlons – the International Distance Triathlon and the Sprint Distance – as well as the 5K and 10K races. The full weekend event will take place Friday, May 11, through Sunday, May 13.
In its 11 years of operation, GSTC has treated and released more than 3,000 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. Funds raised from athletes participating in Turtle Crawl help cover the rehabilitation costs for the Center’s patients and educational programming. Last year’s race weekend raised more than $26,000 for the Center.
New in 2018, packet pick will be headquartered at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Friday, May 11 from noon to 7 p.m. Athletes are invited to bring their families and friends to enjoy the Center’s programming and see the work their fund-raising supports (admission costs apply). Saturday morning during the triathlons, GSTC staff and volunteers will host field day-style games, sea turtle education, and visits with the Center’s mascot, Scute, at Great Dunes Park.
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 combined with a unique island getaway, Turtle Crawl Weekend on Jekyll is a “racecation” for all families. Participants are encouraged to register soon, to receive training tips and updates. Registration fees increase Sunday, April 1.