Another RECORD-Breaking Year Y’all for 2023 Turtle Crawl – Jekyll Island Foundation

Another RECORD-Breaking Year Y’all for 2023 Turtle Crawl

By Michelle Kaylor, Director Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Another record-breaking year for the annual Turtle Crawl, all in the name of supporting the Jekyll Island Authority’s (JIA) Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s (GSTC) mission of sea turtle Rehabilitation, Research, and Education. This year broke the record for participation with 1,616 participants, the most participants ever to support the event since its inception.

What initially originated as a multi-race triathlon, Turtle Crawl has evolved over the years from hosting experienced athletes through a rigorous competition to a family-friendly event accessible to all.  Of note this year, the event welcomed participants ranging in ages from 84 years young to 2 years old. Turtle Crawl also saw participants travel near and far to join in this year’s races, with representation from more than 40 states, the UK and Germany. Since its inception the annual race has raised nearly $200,000 through the generous support of both participants and donors.

Taking place annually the last weekend in April, Turtle Crawl has also become one of the most recognized events promoting sea turtle conservation initiatives and serves as the kick-off to sea turtle season and nesting on the Georgia coast. And, if you visit Jekyll Island in the fall, consider planning a trip to experience the Cold-Stunned Plunge! This companion event to Turtle Crawl will take place on Saturday, November 25, 2023, ahead of the anticipated arrival of cold-stunned patients to the Center!

For information on how you can participate or volunteer for these events click HERE and to support the work of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Click HERE.

Contact Us

Jekyll Island Foundation

P.O. Box 13002, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: (912) 635-4100


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