Just off the coast of Georgia and connected via causeways are the islands of St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Island that make up what’s known as the Golden Isles. Tidal marshlands, preserved wildlands, and long stretches of beach join exclusive resorts, golf courses, and historic communities on these islands. As a runner and triathlete, Jekyll Island provided some of the best opportunities (even though I didn’t swim in the ocean!) to train while still enjoying a family vacation. The following were some of my best memories of running in Jekyll Island. 

Jekyll Island

Run with the Sunrise

Apart from beating the heat and having more time on the day for the beach time I was looking for, I caught some of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve seen!  

Jekyl Island

Jekyl Island

Run on the beach

The beaches at Jekyl Island (yes, there is more than one!) were not the soft white sand I had expected, but hard packed sand that you can easily run on. Low tide will give you miles of beautiful shoreline to run on.

 Jekyll Island

The Wildlife off the coast is just amazing

I saw lots of different types of birds, crabs, crabs, and plenty more that I had no idea what they were. 

Jekyll Island

Miles of Bike Trails

The marked trails go all round the Island and is almost 15 miles long. You pass through beaches, historic locations, and beautiful Spanish Moss. While moderately busy during daytime, the path is perfect for a long run or an out and back while kids ride next to you. I did see a few cyclists (in aero, so I assumed that they were primarily triathletes in training) on the roads. 

Jekyll Island
Photo Credit: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/georgia/jekyll-island-bike-trail

Plenty of Races

Jekyll Island is a growing race destination with plenty of running and triathlon races. 

Turtle Crawl Weekend – Mid May. 5K, Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon benefitting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center 

The inaugural Jekyll Island Marathon and 10k – January.

I’d love to be back to do one of the Turtle Crawl Weekend triathlons. I’m terrified of swimming in the sea and that would be a great way to attack that fear. 

And Jekyll Island on its own has made us all love it as a beach vacation destination.

Jekyll Island

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  • Wow those are some beautiful sunrises! Looks like a gorgeous place for a vacation

  • eatrunsail

    What a beautiful place! Morning beach runs are the best! Your pictures are stunning…

  • Kimberly

    You took some epic photos – simply beautiful. I have never seen the sunrise during a run but it’s something I really want to experience!

  • Gosh, that looks gorgeous! I’d love to run and ride on those trails!

  • Looks like a beautiful place to be and run! Good views makes runs that much better.

  • Rachel

    This is beautiful! Your photos are truly amazing.

  • Looks like a wonderful place to visit!

  • That looks glorious! Glad you all enjoyed it!

  • Clarinda

    Lovely like such a lovely place to run and bike! I think I could actually run on that beach. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That island looks amazing, and has so much to offer! The trails would be great, and you can’t beat hard-packed sand;-)

  • Jennifer Pug Pug

    My mom loves Jekyll, and I would love to make it up there for a run and a visit. We live close to the beach just over an hour south of there, so it’s not as much of a novelty but it’s always cool to see the different sea life and shells on a different part of the same coast.

    So glad you had a great vacation! And you should totally go for one of those triathlons! I bet you would love it!

  • Kathryn Thayer

    What a beautiful area of the country to run! There’s nothing quite like running at the beach!

  • Beautiful photos! One of my favorite places ever!

  • Toni Church

    Looks absolutely beautiful, I will have to check it out someday.

  • What a gorgeous place to run and ride! I need to get myself down there….like, now. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Wow those photos are beautiful! I love running on the beach…so relaxing!