Since 2003, Jekyll Island has hosted the Turtle Crawl, a set of races benefitting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC). Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest are settings for two triathlons – the International Distance Triathlon and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, both sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Returning for 2017, a 10K race will accompany the 5K run, providing race fun for the whole family.
These races do more than get your blood pumping; they also benefit the Island’s renowned GSTC. The GSTC is operated by the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) as a conservation program dedicated to increasing awareness through education, rehabilitation, and research programs. The Center is a working wildlife hospital that is open to the public, offering an interactive exhibit gallery and rehabilitation pavilion where guests can observe and learn about sea turtle and other wildlife patients. Since opening its doors in 2007, the GSTC has healed and released nearly 2,500 animals. The JIA, along with generous supporters through the Jekyll Island Foundation, enable the GSTC to operate its life-saving facility, the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia.
A portion of your Turtle Crawl race registration goes directly to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. But we can do better, and we’re guessing you’re up for a little friendly competition. As part of your 2017 Turtle Crawl training, we challenge all athletes to raise additional funds for the GSTC. Swim, bike, run, fundraise. The miles add up and so can the dollars. The money you raise will help fund the rehabilitation costs for the Center’s patients and educational programming. Raise a lot of money and you’ll get some serious bragging rights. It’s a win-win.