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Additional race information can be found at http://www.jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/turtle-crawl-weekend/.
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.
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
All registrations include the following:
Packet Pick-Up & On-Site Registration
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.
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”.
Want to help give back and volunteer? You can find the volunteers positions and sign up here: Turtle Crawl Volunteer Page.
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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