Bald Head Island Conservancy

Turtle Trot 5K

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Bald Head Island Conservancy

Turtle Trot 5K

The Bald Head Island Conservancy Turtle Trot 5K fundraiser is an event that offers participants the opportunity to get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty of Bald Head Island. The 5K route winds through the island’s ancient maritime forest and along the edge of our pristine beaches, providing stunning views along the way.

Participants can choose to run the 5K at their own pace, whether that means sprinting to the finish or taking a leisurely stroll. This event is designed to be family-friendly, so everyone can participate regardless of age or skill level.

 A fundraiser for the Bald Head Island Conservancy, proceeds from the event support the Conservancy’s mission of fostering community-based barrier island education, conservation, and preservation. This includes supporting the nationally recognized Sea Turtle Protection Program. By participating in the Turtle Trot 5K, runners not only get to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Bald Head Island but also contribute to a worthy cause. It’s a fun way to stay active, connect with nature, and support conservation efforts all at the same time.

2024 Turtle Trot 5k Schedule 8:30 race time

March 30  – Spring Break Edition

May 26 – Memorial Day Edition

June 5
June 12
June 19
June 26

July 3 – Independence Day Edition

July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14

November 30 – Thanksgiving Edition

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 starts at Conservancy campus – 700 Federal Road. Please allow time for ferry and tram service.
  • Race pack with t-shirt and bib available at check-in table in front of Turtle Central
  • Post-race winner ceremony: male and female race winners in each age group will 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

2024 Race Results

Past Years Turtle Trot Results
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