Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line guests, the Castaway Cay 5K is a free runDisney fun run available on most Disney cruises visiting Castaway Cay. If you are a runner or walker this is a spectacular challenge to be a part of!
The night before the 5K, we were excited to see in our Personal Navigator the race listed. Our group of runners got up bright and early on the day we docked at Castaway Cay and met onboard to sign up for the race and to learn about the adventure we were about to conquer. We had some of our younger children with us who were interested in doing the race as did many other parents. We found out that only those 12 and older could sign up for the race but that didn’t discourage our children. They ran with us on the island but did not have an official race number. The course is open to all island visitors and not blocked off for runners only so this is possible for all families with young runners. You will however want to make sure your children are supervised during their run if you should choose to allow them on the course.
After disembarking the ship as a group, we headed on a long walk towards the beginning of the 5K course. It took about 15 minutes to get to the start of the race, but it was a good warm up before the run. The walk went by Scuttle’s Cove where many parents dropped off their children to be supervised by the friendly Disney children’s programming staff. They also had a place for people to store their items while they ran if they chose not to head back to the ship right after the race.
Adrenaline built up upon seeing the 5K start sign and before we knew it, we were off! The start of the race heads down a short path towards the airplane landing strip. Part way down the strip, you head off onto a lush looped path that takes you by the island’s observation tower. Along the path, water was available and with the humidity that day, a welcome for many of us. At the end of the loop, we finished running the rest of the landing strip, and then we retraced our steps back to the start.
The Disney cruise staff cheered us all along the way. What a great encouragement to keep on going that morning. At the end, we received what we had really come for, not just more cheers but the coveted, albeit plastic, Mickey winner medals! For those runners that treasure their race t-shirts, you can splurge a bit and treat yourselves to a Castaway Cay 5K t-shirt located at merchandise store located at the start/finish line of the course too.
All in all, if you are interested in a fun and positive running environment I’d recommend running the Castaway Cay 5K. You will not regret the accomplishment you make on your already amazing Disney Cruise Line vacation!