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Turtle Crawl - International-Distance Triathlon (Relay)

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May 12 7:00AM

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.

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 jekyllisland.com/turtlecrawl.

Have a run and discover some natural fun!

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Weekend schedule:

Check here: Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl.

Packet pickup:

  • Friday, May 11th from 12n-7pm: Georgia Sea Turtle Center at 214 Stable Road Jekyll Island, Georgia (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)
  • 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 on Friday. 
  • No new triathlon registrations on race weekend.

Note:  Races are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year. We do not mail shirts, goodie bags or awards. 
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.

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