Special to SEGAZINE
Registration is now open for one of Jekyll Island’s most-popular traditions, the annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon and NestFest celebrating athleticism and ecology on this beautiful barrier island. It’s the perfect time to start planning your family’s “racecation” on Jekyll Island!
The Turtle Crawl Triathlon races begin at the crack of dawn Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Great Dunes Park, located just north of the Jekyll Island Convention Center, along the island’s picturesque beachfront.
Known for featuring one of the most-scenic triathlons on the East Coast, the Turtle Crawl Triathlon on Jekyll Island is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and offers a challenge for every skill level – from world-class athletes to novices – among its three race events.
At the top end is the International Distance Triathlon, the competition for the most-elite athletes, consisting of a 1,500-meter swim, 29-mile bike ride and 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run.
Next is the Sprint Distance Triathlon, another stern test for endurance athletes that covers roughly half the lengths of the International Distance Triathlon: a 600-meter swim, 14.5-mile bike ride and 5K (3.1-mile) run.
For everyday runners and beginners, the Turtle Crawl also includes a 5K race along the magnificent Jekyll Island shoreline.
The trio of Saturday races kicks off with the International Distance Triathlon at 7:00 a.m., followed by the start of the Sprint Distance Triathlon at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8:15 a.m.