We have now been on so MANY Disney Cruises and the one thing that I have thought about doing every single cruise is the Castaway Cay 5k.
Normally, I am dreaming of being in one of the amazing Castaway Cay Cabanas while visiting Castaway Cay, but this time, I wanted to finally experience the 5k.
Are you also thinking of experiencing the Castaway Cay 5K? Well, GOOD NEWS, we went ahead and broke it all down for you on everything you need to know before you book you Disney Cruise Line Vacation!
What is the Castaway Cay 5K?
The Castaway Cay 5k is a “short” 3.1 mile tour of the island that will get your morning kick-started before anyone else gets on the island. If you’ve ever wanted to take on this fun event, here are all the details!
How do I Sign up for the Castaway Cay 5k
When I first tried to sign up for the Castaway Cay 5k online it said it was already full. So, I decided to check once I got on board. It turns out that is when you sign up for the 5k. I recommend signing up on the first day, earlier in the day as the Castaway Cay 5k does fill up.
The price of the 5k is the best, it is completely FREE! It’s completely free to sign up for, but spaces fill quickly.
I really was trying to push my daughter to do the run with me since the last time she wanted to but was only 9 years old.
The minimum age to be apart of the 5k is 10 years old. During the run I was seeing small children jogging and walking with their parents, it turns out kids can participate they just will not get an official runners race bib or medal.
The other thing I learned is this event is that it is not just for runners. If you want to just enjoy a nice brisk walk you can enjoy the 5k as well and easily complete the 5k.
You Must Attend a Mandatory Meeting!
To participate in the Castaway Cay 5K, all you need to do is sign up at the bike rental station near the start line earlier in the day. The 5K course takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the island, including the serene Serenity Bay.
There you will receive a safety briefing, get your runners bib and even sign up last minute if there are any open spots. The meeting takes about 20 minutes and is mandatory if you want to be a part of the 5k.
Race Day: What to Expect
First on the Island
On the day of the 5k run, you will be the first guests allowed off the ship and onto Disney’s Private Island.
When it’s time to run the 5K, make sure to arrive at the start line early. The race typically starts at 9:30 am, but you’ll want to give yourself enough time to check in and stretch before the race begins.
There you will get a short review of the running route and a couple of quick reminders.
Once you’re at the start line, the energy is contagious as you join your fellow runners in anticipation of the race.
What to do with the kids who aren’t running
If you have little kids who need parental supervision while you are running you can drop them off at Castaway Cay’s own Kids Club, Scuttles Cove.
It is the same staff that runs the Oceaneer’s club onboard except it is just a fun area on the island for the kids to explore.
What to Wear!
The weather is usually warm year-round at castaway to prepare to drink lots of fluid and be dressed in some warm weather gear. Shorts, T-Shirt and Athletic Shoes will suffice for this fun run
What is the Course Layout
The course takes you on alongside the path of the castaway beach, down the island’s airstrip, through a nice somewhat shaded greenery section that heads to a lookout tower and then you turn around to go back.
There are two water stops and a few places to take a quick photo opportunity. It is pretty much the same path you take on the bike path if you have rented a bike from Castaway in the past.
As you make your way through the course, you’ll find water stations set up to keep you hydrated. The course is mostly flat, but there are some sandy patches that may slow you down. Don’t worry too much about your time, though; the focus of this race is on having fun and enjoying the island’s natural beauty.
Disney Cruise Line Cast Members are throughout the path to direct you and also cheer you on.
In addition to amazing views and fun photo spots, the course is flat, so no hills to worry about. This is a nice and flat path! Woohoo!
What’s Included in the Castaway Cay 5k
With every RunDisney Race comes a fun medal which you receive at the finish line to show you accomplished this amazing feat.
Since people take Disney Cruises year after year, each year there is a new medal for avid runners who love the Castaway Cay 5k.
Land & Sea – Run Disney’s Castaway Challenge
When we were staying at the Riviera Resort before the cruise we saw a lot of runners preparing for the Princess 10k. Many said they are running the castaway cay 5k after the princess run to complete the Castaway Challenge, which is one of the many RunDisney events.
It turns out you can earn a special “Castaway Challenge Medal” by running a race during Marathon Weekend (5k distance or longer), in January or February at Walt Disney World, and then run the Castaway 5k during the sailing on the Dream right after marathon weekend.
You would earn 3 medals total for participation. You must register in advance and it does sell out. There is also a charge for this. The next Castaway Challenge is in January of 2021 and the price is $80. You can check out all the Run Disney Challenges Here!
All in all, this is a great event to start the day, stay healthy and then relax with the family on this beautiful island and continue enjoying your Disney Vacation.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Disney’s Castaway Cay 5k
Can you walk the 5K on Castaway Cay?
Yes, walking the 5K on Castaway Cay is allowed and many guests choose to do so. The focus of the Castaway Cay 5K is on having fun and enjoying the island’s natural beauty, rather than finishing with a fast time.
How long is Castaway Cay 5K?
The Castaway Cay 5K is a 5-kilometer race, which is equivalent to 3.1 miles.