What is the Castaway Cay 5K and How Do I Sign Up?
If you and your family are avid runners or just love a bit of friendly competition then you won’t want to miss the Castaway Cay 5K during your next Disney Cruise. This truly unique Port Adventure takes place on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and is available to all guests cruising on itineraries (Bahamas and Caribbean) making a stop here. This 3.1 mile run is designed to be casual and perfect for participants from running enthusiast to novice. Sound like fun? Then here’s everything you need to know about signing up for this exciting adventure:
Sign-Ups: Enrolling in the Castaway Cay 5K differs from other Port Adventures in that visitors aren’t able to sign up until embarkation day. To sign up head over to Guest Service once you are on board and they’ll walk you through the process.
The Morning of the Race: The night before your ship docks at Castaway Cay, a letter will be sent to your stateroom with your ticket to participate in the race as well as a schedule with instructions on what to do on race day. The Castaway Cay 5K starts first thing in the morning. Guests are usually asked to meet up onboard the ship at 8:00 -8:30 in the morning for an initiation. The location will be noted on your schedule but the meeting place is usually at one of the nightclubs. During the meeting you’ll be given your bib, the team will check ID (so be sure to bring your Key to the World Card) and instructions will be on hand to answer questions and explain the route.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! – When your ship officially docks at Castaway Cay, Cast Members will be on hand to escort you to the starting line for the race. The walk from the ship to the starting line is about 10 minutes.
For Runners With Small Children- If you need to keep your tiny tots busy while participating in the race, you are able to check them into the Scuttle’s Cove. This facility offers supervised child car with lots of fun activities to keep them entertained.
Beach Bag and Other Belongings – When disembarking at Castaway Cay chances are you’ll have a bag packed with lots of items to get you through your day. Don’t worry, you can bring those goodies along with you as there will be a place to lock them up at the beginning of the race.
Food and Drink – It can get hot at Castaway Cay, but don’t worry. Disney will make sure that you are well looked after. There is cold water available at the start line. Runners will also find a water station once you hit the bike loop and other water jugs stationed at various points throughout the route.
Medals – As we mentioned above, the race is non-competitve in that you aren’t being timed. However, every guest who participates in the Castaway Cay 5K will receive a keepsake medal and certificate of completion. Other souvenirs are available to commemorate your accomplishment at the Buy the Shore Souvenir Shop.
Photos: For those who plan on purchasing a photo package while on your cruise, before the race starts there is a photo opportunity available with Goofy who helps get you in the mood with a bit of hijinks.
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