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Bahamas and running, two things that usually don’t go together. Well, unless you’re talking about the Disney Cruise Castaway Cay 5k. When your Disney ship pulls up to Castaway Cay, and you’re soaking in the tropical views, the last thing that comes to mind is let’s run a 5k. But should it be? We’re lacing up our running shoes and seeking out some friendly competition in the Castaway Cay 5k!

bib from Castaway Cay 5k

What Is It?

It’s a race. Oh, we should probably elaborate. Every Disney Cruise that has a stop at Castaway Cay will have the option to sign up for the Castaway 5k. This free, yes free, Disney race has only two requirements. First, guests must sign-up at guest services prior to running the race. The second is all runners must be at least 10 years of age. From our understanding, there is no limit to the number of spots for the run.

Cruise Insights: We like to head to guest services on our first day to register for the Castaway Cay 5k, that way we don’t forget 🙂

At the start line for the Castaway Cay 5k

Race Day

Rise and shine, it’s race day! Depending on what time your Disney Cruise docks at Castaway Cay it will determine the start of your race. For us, it was 9 am. Once docked, our cruise director announced that all runners would meet at the bike rentals. Upon arriving at the bike rentals we had to sign in and sign a waiver form. After handing the form back to the cast members we received our numbers. We’re ready to race!

Cruise Insights: The bike rental shop is next to the family beach. Prior to the beginning of the race, we dropped our stuff on lounge chairs you can find beachside.

The broken down plane you pass on the Castaway Cay 5k

Ready, Set…

Let’s go! We’ve got a number pinned on our shirts, we’ve double-checked our shoes, it’s time kick this race into overdrive. The Castaway Cay 5k is unique in that it’s an island style race – we’re talking about a laidback run here. It’s exactly what we were looking for in a “vacation race”.

Unlike a traditional runDisney race, there are no corrals or large productions prior to the race. A few minutes prior to the race a cast member shares a few directions regarding the run, then it’s time to run. The course takes you from the family beach out to the island’s runway. That’s right, Castaway Cay has a small plane runway that runs through the middle of it. Adjacent to the runway is a loop (doubles as a bike path) that brings you out to the observation tower. Along the way, you pass lost cargo from the plane that landed on the island years ago.

After a couple of laps around the loop, you’ll make your way back to the start. Crossing the line you’ll receive your medal. It’s why we all run, right? For the medal!

Passholder Insights: There’s a water station at the entrance to the loop. Definitely stay hydrated as we found it on the warmer side around the loop.

Our Thoughts

Tons of fun! Whether you run or walk, the Castaway Cay 5k is a blast. Everyone participating in the run was cheering for each other and there was a ton of energy on the course. We’d definitely recommend checking out the Castaway Cay 5k if you’re looking for a fun way to get some exercise in the sun. Alright, after all that running it’s time to pull up a lounge chair. Serenity Beach here we come!

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