May 3, 2008

Nest Fest and Turtle Crawl Triathlon, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Today we drove to Jekyll Island, Georgia at the break of dawn.
Featured in the films Glory and The Legend of Bagger Vance, the island is home to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

To get to Jekyll Island, you have to jump this in your car.

Today, we are here the the Nest Fest and Turtle Crawl sponsored by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

The first event of the day was the Turtle Crawl Triathlon, officially sanctioned by the USAT. This event features 1.5 km (about 1 mile) of swimming followed by 40 km (about 25 miles) of cycling followed by 10 km (about 6 1/2 miles) of running.

It was perfect weather to observe a triathlon.

The participants line up on the beach in their swim attire waiting for the starting gun.
Two triathletes start the race every five seconds.
Very simple...just swim around the buoys...for about 1 mile.
Then run under this horseshoe shaped finish line. The fastest swimmer took 11 minutes 58 seconds averaging 4.7 mph.
Then put on cycling shoes and roll back out of fenced-in area...mount and
While the triathlon was in progress, a 5 km fun walk/run was held. Here one of the participants crosses the finish line pushing her child's stroller.
The fastest cycler completed the 40 kilometers in 58 minutes 3 seconds averaging 25.7 mph.

Next dismount bike...walk bike to appropriate rack...change to running out.
The fastest runner completed the 10 kilometer course in 36 minutes 20 seconds averaging 5 minutes and 52 seconds per mile.

The fastest runner also happened to be the overall winner, 37 year old G.R. Carr from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Total time 1:51:09.
The first female finisher finished in an adjusted time of 2:11:13.
Over 140 triathletes participated ranging in age from 16 to 63. 13 women and 47 men participating were over the age of 40.

For some highlights of the 6th Annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon, watch the video below.

For more pictures, go to pictures 1-76.

To be continued...

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