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Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races

Sat March 9, 2019 Jekyll Island, GA US 31527 Directions
Events

Turtle Crawl 5k Run

$35 8:15AM EST - 10:00AM EST Price increases after January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

Turtle Crawl 10k Run

$45 8:00AM EST - 10:00AM EST Price increases after January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

Turtle Crawl 1-Mile Fun Run

$20 8:30AM EST - 9:00AM EST Registration ends March 6, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

Turtle Crawl Ghost Crawler

$35 Price increases after January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
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Additional race information can be found at http://www.jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/turtle-crawl-weekend/.

Place
75 Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA US 31527
Description

Exciting changes are ahead for the 2019 Turtle Crawl races!

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 11 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.

As the Center continues to grow and change, so will the event that supports its lifesaving work. As we analyzed past Turtle Crawl events, we discovered that the increasing costs of producing triathlons, combined with declining triathlon participation, was preventing us from efficiently and effectively raising money for GSTC. This analysis brought us to the decision to eliminate the triathlon from the Turtle Crawl events. We will continue to host the highly popular 5k and 10k races, and as a response to your requests, we have added a one-mile Fun Run on the beach and shifted the event date to earlier in the spring. Turtle Crawl will be held March 9, 2019.

What’s Changing

  • Turtle Crawl sprint and international triathlons have been eliminated
  • 5k and 10k races will remain
  • New one-mile fun run/walk on the beach
  • New date - March 9, 2019
  • Registration prices remain the same, including a donation to the Georgia Sea Turtle + daily admission to the Center
  • Ghost Crawler option has been added to allow people who can’t participate in the event to support GSTC and receive a race shirt
     

With a renewed focus on fundraising via the Turtle Crawl 5K, 10K, and Fun Run races, we will all be able to better support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and its mission of research, rehabilitation, and education.

We sincerely appreciate your support for this event and GSTC, and hope you’ll join us for Turtle Crawl in 2019. Registration is now open, and are looking forward to a wonderful day of races and saving turtles.

 

Turtle Crawl Races

Registration

All registrations include the following:

  • Race T-Shirt
  • Admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. See race packet for details. Not applicable to Ghost Crawler racers.
  • Race Photography
  • Donation to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
  • Admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. See race packet for details. Not applicable to Ghost Crawler racers.

Race Courses

  • The 5k & 10k races will start near the Jekyll Island Convention Center, travel north along Beachview Drive, turn at each race’s half-way point, and return south along the oceanfront paths
  • Fun Run: The Fun Run is a one-mile course entirely on the beach, starting and finishing near Great Dunes Beach Park

Packet Pick-Up & On-Site Registration

  • Friday, March 8, 2019: 4-7 p.m. at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. We HIGHLY recommend picking up your packet on Friday.
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019: 6:30-7:45 a.m. at Great Dunes Beach Park

Awards

  • 5k & 10k races: Medals will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers, both male & female and by age group
  • Awards will not be given for the Fun Run or Ghost Crawler participants

Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 8, 2019 | Georgia Sea Turtle Center
The GSTC is located in the National Historic Landmark District at 214 Stable Road. 

4-7:00 p.m.: Packet pick-upWe highly recommend picking up your packet prior to race morning. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 | Great Dunes Beach Park
Great Dunes Beach Park is located on N. Beachview Drive, between the Jekyll Island Convention Center and Tortuga Jack’s. 

6:30-7:45 a.m.: Packet pick-up

We highly recommend picking up your packet at Friday’s packet pick-up.
FIRM CLOSE at 7:45 a.m.
8 a.m.: 10k race starts
8:15 a.m.: 5k race starts
9 a.m.: Fun run starts

For more information about Turtle Crawl, please visit jekyllisland.com/turtlecrawl.

These races are flat, fast, and a fun way to support the tremendous efforts of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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Note:  Races are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year. Ghost Crawlers will be mailed shirts.

Shirts: The deadline to guarantee a shirt is February 8th, 2019.  

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 canceled due to an “act of God”.

Additional Information:

Visit: jekyllisland.com/turtlecrawl


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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Hotel and Condo information:

Villas by the Sea Resort is a proud sponsor of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races. Villas by the Sea offers a wide range of guest rooms from which to choose. Resort amenities include large pool, bike rentals, 17 oceanside acres of lush, tropical landscaping, and on-site restaurant, Driftwood Bistro. Come enjoy the annual Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races and stay at Villas by the Sea!

Please call 1.800.841.6262 or 912.635.2521 and mention “Turtle Crawl Races” for discounted rates.

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