Turtle Crawl

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This event happens: March 14, 2020

Since 2003, Jekyll Island has hosted the Turtle Crawl, a set of races benefiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Returning for 2020, 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, Turtle Crawl Festival, and a unique island getaway, Turtle Crawl Weekend on Jekyll is a not to be missed “race-cation” for all families.

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 12 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.

Here is what the weekend will look like: 

Friday, March 13, 2020 - Georgia Sea Turtle Center

  • 3-5:00 PM : Packet pick-up

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Great Dunes Beach Park 

  • 6:30 AM : Packet pick-up 
    • 7:45 AM : Firm close for 5K & 10K packet pick-up and registration 
    • 9:00 AM : Firm close for Fun Run registration 
  • 8:00 AM : 10K races starts
  • 8:15 AM : 5K race starts
  • 9:30 AM : Fun Run Starts 
  • 10:00 AM : 5k & 10K Awards

Learn more about Turtle Crawl.