Race Info

Non-Series Event

Sep 23, 2017

South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run

Non-Series Event

About the Turtle Trek

Run for the turtles! The South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek, a 5K sunset beach run/walk, will take place Saturday, September 23 on Isle of Palms. 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 veterinarian diagnoses 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 200 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 sgabosch@scaquarium.org

WHAT  South Carolina Aquarium’s 2nd annual sunset beach run

WHEN  Saturday, September 23, 2017

4-5:30 pm            Packet pickup

4-5 pm                  Beach sweep and warm-up

5:30 pm               Kids’ fun run

6 pm                      5K beach run

6-9 pm                  After Party and awards

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.

The After Party and awards presentation will be held at the Windjammer, located at 1008 Ocean Boulevard, Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

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

REGISTRATION INCLUDES  Race entry, technical T-shirt and After Party access. The After Party will be held at the Windjammer and includes awards, food for all runners, a raffle with excellent prizes and music.

DO YOU WANT TO GO THE EXTRA MILE?  Whether or not you’re running in the race, you can make a difference for sea turtles! Create a fundraising page to further your support for our Sea Turtle Care Center. Join in the FUNdraising and receive awesome prizes! Thank you for saving sea turtles with us!

Register here


Early Bird (May 1 – May 31)

5K – $35

Kids’ fun run – $15


Regular (June 1 – September 7)

5K – $40

Kids’ fun run – $20


Late (September 8 – September 23)

5K – $45

Kids’ fun run – $25


Aquarium Member Discount (June 1 – September 7)

5K – $35

Kids’ fun run – $15



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+. Ribbons will be presented to all kids’ fun run participants.

Turtle Trek registration is non-refundable, and the event will be held rain or shine.

T-shirts are only guaranteed to participants that register on or before September 1.

All proceeds benefit the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center.

Questions or comments? Please contact Stephanie Gabosch at (843) 579-8540 or sgabosch@scaquarium.org.

  1. Friday, September 22nd from 10am-2pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods (1114 Bowman Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464) All runners will receive 20% off their in store purchase

Onsite packet pickup is Saturday, September 23 from 4 – 5:30 pm at Isle of Palms County Park.

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