Bald Head Island Conservancy

Turtle Trot 5K

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Bald Head Island Conservancy

Turtle Trot 5K

Bring your family, get some exercise, and enjoy the natural beauty of Bald Head Island!  At the BHI Conservancy’s Turtle Trot 5K, participants can run fast or slow as they move through the island’s ancient maritime forest and over the pristine beaches.

Proceeds support the Bald Head Island Conservancy mission of fostering community-based barrier island education, conservation, and preservation – including our nationally recognized Sea Turtle Protection Program.

Turtle Trot 5k Route
Turtle Trot 5K Details

Runners and walkers will receive our popular Turtle Trot 5K shirt and winners will receive a beautiful sea turtle medal! Please read our rules and regulations carefully before signing up.

Start time is 8:30 AM!

Age Brackets

  • 10 and under
  • 11-17
  • 18-39
  • 40+


  • Online pre-race registrations only with 830 PM deadline the night before raceday
  • NO registration day of race

Race-day Process

  • Must check in 20-25 minutes before race
  • Race pack with t-shirt and bib available at check-in table in front of Turtle Central
  • Post-race winner ceremony: race winners receive sea turtle medals

Other Rules

  • No beach route due to erosion and narrow beach around the shoals
  • No dogs allowed
  • Pay close attention to signs. Route maps available at check-in.
  • If the event is cancelled on race-day due to inclement weather, no refunds will be provided, but participants will still receive their race packets

If you have any questions, please email

Turtle Trot Results