Sat October 9, 2021 Isle of Palms, SC 29451 US
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About the Turtle Trek

Run for the turtles! The South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek, a 5K sunset beach run/walk and kids’ fun run, will take place Saturday, October 9 on Isle of Palms. Plus, before the run, join us for a beach sweep during onsite packet pickup!

Proceeds from the Turtle Trek support the Sea Turtle Care Center™ and the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives.

About the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center

Worldwide, all seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered, four of which are found locally: the loggerhead, the Kemp’s ridley, the green and the leatherback. To help ensure that sea turtles have a future in our oceans, the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center aids sick and injured sea turtles in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Sea turtles arrive at the Care Center suffering from bacterial or fungal infections, shock from exposure to cold temperatures, injury from a boat strike or shark bite, or ingestion of plastic from the ocean. Our staff veterinarians diagnose each turtle and works with Sea Turtle Care Center staff and volunteers to provide treatment and rehabilitative care.

To date, we have rehabilitated and released more than 320 sea turtles back into their natural habitats. With your support, we can continue efforts to sustain these species into the next century and beyond.

The Mission of the South Carolina Aquarium

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. 

The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Questions or comments? Please contact Stephanie Gabosch at (843) 579-8540 or 


WHAT  South Carolina Aquarium’s 6th annual sunset beach run

WHEN  Saturday, October 9, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm        Packet pickup and beach sweep
4:30 pm                Kids’ fun run
5:00 pm                5K beach run
5:30pm                 After Party and Awards at the Windjammer

WHERE  The 5K beach run and kids’ fun run will take place at Isle of Palms County Park, located at 1 14th Avenue, Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Awards and light refreshments will be distributed onsite following the run.

PARKING Parking at the Isle of Palms County Park is $10 per vehicle or free with a CCPRC Gold Pass membership. Runners may also park at the public lot on Front Beach for $15 per vehicle.

WHY  Funds raised will support the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center.

REGISTRATION INCLUDES  Timed-race entry, technical t-shirt, reusable race bag and decal.

**Capacity is limited, we recommend that you register early as this event will sell out**

Early Bird (June 15­–July 5)
5K: $35
Kids’ Fun Run: $15
Remote Runners: $35

Regular (July 6­–August 31)
5K: $40
Kids’ Fun Run: $20
Remote Runners: $40

Late (September 1–October 9)
5K: $45
Kids’ Fun Run: $25
Remote Runners - $45

5K registration includes: timed race-entry, technical t-shirt, reusable race bag and decal
Kids’ Fun Run registration includes: technical t-shirt, decal and participation ribbon
Remote Runner registration includes: mailed technical t-shirt, reusable bag and decal (Remote Runners will be emailed a digital race bib)

AWARDS Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Overall (M/F) and Top 3 in Age Categories (M/F): 1-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Participation ribbons will be presented to all Kids’ Fun Run participants.

BEACH SWEEP We invite you to join us for a pre-run beach sweep! Our Conservation Team will provide all clean-up supplies starting at 3 p.m., including data sheets to identify the types of debris which is helpful in identifying solutions. All data will be entered into the South Carolina Aquarium's Litter-Free Digital Journal!

AFTER PARTY We invite all runners and guests to join us at the Windjammer following the run for an after party! We will distribute runner awards and have live music from Moxie. A portion of drink proceeds support the Sea Turtle Care Center.

SEA TURTLE SUPPLY DRIVE In addition to running the Turtle Trek, you can help the Sea Turtle Care Center directly by bringing in important items that are needed, like HE laundry detergent, dish soap, bleach, trash bags (13 gallon) and rubbing alcohol. You can also shop the Aquarium’s Amazon Wish List directly by clicking here. Runners who bring a supply item will get to spin the prize wheel!

LODGING Trekking in from out of town? Isle of Palms offers a wide range of vacation rentals; more information located here. During the Turtle Trek race weekend, enjoy 30% off your stay at the Residences at Sweetgrass at Wild Dunes. Visit this booking link and enter the promo code: TURTLE. 

FUNDRAISING Go the extra mile for our sea turtle patients and sign up to be a fundraiser! Check out our Turtle Trek Fundraising Toolkit to learn more about our current sea turtle patients and how you can help support them. Plus, new this year: fundraising prizes!

Here's how:

  1. Visit the Turtle Trek 5K "Become a Fundraiser" page
  2. Enter your contact information
  3. Create a custom URL and personalize your story
  4. Visit our "Turtle Trek Tool Kit" page to pick your team (Team Green, Team Loggerhead or Team Kemp's Ridley) and start sharing!

REMOTE RUNNERS Run for the turtles, no matter where you are! Whether you’re running through your neighborhood, in your local park or even on a treadmill, you can still show your support for sea turtles. Anyone, anywhere can participate! The Turtle Trek Remote Run can occur anywhere at any time between now and October 9.

Remote Runners have the option to self-time your run by using the Race Joy app or submitting your time through the Run Sign Up results page. Runners will be emailed a digital bib to use for timing. Don’t forget to share your pictures and race time using #turtletrek.

Remote Runners who are registered before August 20 will receive a mailed t-shirt, reusable bag and decal on or before October 1. If you register after August 20, you will receive your t-shirt, reusable bag and decal after October 1.  


Advanced packet pickup will be held on Friday, October 8 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Half Moon Outfitters in Mount Pleasant (425 Coleman Blvd.) and West Ashley (94 Folly Rd Blvd.). Runners can pick up packets on behalf of other runners. Runners who pick up their packets at Half Moon Outfitters can purchase one item at 20% off. Please note: Remote runner shirts will be mailed and cannot be picked up at packet pickup.

Onsite packet pickup is Saturday, October 9 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Isle of Palms County Park and includes a pre-run beach sweep.


  • We will follow local, state and federal Covid-19 guidelines, more information will be announced as we approach the event date.
  • Turtle Trek registration is non-refundable, and the event will be held rain or shine.
  • T-shirts sizes are only guaranteed to participants that register on or before August 20 as sizes are available.
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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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Thank you for participating in the Turtle Trek 5K! Your support helps us continue to care for patients in the Sea Turtle Care Center™.  All seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered, and you are helping ensure a healthy future for them. Show your support by sharing on social media, encouraging others to join and fundraising for the sea turtles!

Click on the Sea Turtle Care Center logo below to access the official Turtle Trek Fundraising Toolkit and learn more about our patients.

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