Turtle Crawl 2023

Sat April 29, 2023 Jekyll Island, GA 31527 US Directions


Turtle Crawl: 10K

7:45AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

Turtle Crawl: 5K

7:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

Turtle Crawl: Fun Run (1K)

9:45AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.jekyllisland.com/signature-events/turtle-crawl/.


100 James Rd
Jekyll Island, GA US 31527


The fan-favorite annual race event returns to the road on Saturday, April 29th, 2023! Race with us on Jekyll Island as we mark the start of sea turtle nesting season on the Georgia coast. This important fundraising event supports the lifesaving work of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, through the Jekyll Island Foundation. Your support helps continue the Center’s mission of sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education.


Register to participate in one of this year’s races:

  • 5K Race                               7:25 a.m.
  • 10K Race                             7:45 a.m.
  • Fun Run (1 kilometer)          9:45 a.m.
  • Ghost Crawler (Virtual)

Registration includes a 2023 Turtle Crawl t-shirt for their support*! Runners placing in their age group will also receive a medal.

ONLINE RACE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th AT 11:59 PM – registration will be available on-site the morning of the races, closing 30 minutes prior to race start.

*To guarantee your race T-shirt size, complete your online registration NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 14th.  Anyone that registers after April 14th is not guaranteed to receive a shirt.  April 14th will also serve as the deadline for anyone wishing to switch their registration to virtual.  Changes after the 14th will not be accepted. 

The deadline to switch races online is April 21st.  In person changes can be done on race day and must be communicated to the timer.

Race participants can pick up their t-shirts at packet pickup (details below) or on the morning of the Turtle Crawl. For Ghost Crawlers, every effort will be made to deliver your t-shirts by race day however delivery could be delayed due to mail carrier shipping and production delays.  Race day packet pick up will take place near the finish line which is located between the Westin and the Beach Village Shops.

Become a sea turtle ambassador and race for a cause. Registration is now open!

You can find details on the race routes and more information on the event at jekyllisland.com/turtlecrawl.

Packet Pick Up: Friday, April 28th from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center - 901 Downing Musgrove Causeway, Jekyll Island.

Turtle Crawl was created in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to support its mission of sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and education. In more than a decade of operation, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center has provided care for more than 3,000 patients, including various sea turtle species and other coastal wildlife. Turtle Crawl participants have raised more than $100,000 to help save sea turtles and we sincerely appreciate your support for this event!

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Finish Detail

10K Course Map

10K start time is 7:45am

5k Course Map

5K start time is 7:30am

Fun Run

Fun Run start time is 9:45am



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