Disney Cruise: Castaway Cay 5k

The second morning of our cruise we woke up just in time to watch the ship pulling into Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, from our stateroom…

Castaway Cay Pulling In

…I grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed down to the meeting area for the Castaway Cay 5k.  Once all the registered runners had arrived (you can register at Guest Services anytime after you board the ship) the cruise staff took time to explain the plan for the morning and to go over the course (twice, so no one got lost!).

Castaway Cay Meet Up

Castaway Cay 5k Meeting Location

Around 8:30am the ship was cleared for us to get off.  We debarked together (I think there were around 100 of us that day) and walked about 7 minutes to the starting line.

Castaway Cay 5k Map

After one more quick overview of the course we were off!

Castaway Cay 5k Start

The course quickly brought us out to a long airstrip without much relief from the sun – it got hot and humid very quickly!  (If I remember correctly it was about 75 degrees that morning.)

Castaway Cay 5k Air Strip

Off the airstrip we turned into our first loop of the Castaway Cay bike path…

Castaway Cay 5k Bike Path

…there was a little bit of shade in the bike loop, but coming from freezing temperatures in the northeast the humidity was a bit rough – luckily there were plenty of self-serve water stops along the way!

Castaway Cay 5k Water

Coming out of the bike path we continued out to the end of the airstrip towards Serenity Bay (the adult only beach), made a u-turn and then went back into the bike path for a second loop.

In the loop I began to see runners coming in the opposite direction…I momentarily thought I was going the wrong way, but after chatting with a girl near me we decided that we were pretty sure we were told to run the loop counter clockwise both times…which means we were going the right way the clockwise runners were going the wrong way.

When it comes down to it the loop was the same distance no matter which direction you ran it in, so whatever!

We exited the bike path and headed towards the finish back where we started.

Castaway Cay 5k Clock

I wasn’t wearing a GPS watch and the course didn’t have any mile markers, so I can’t say if it was an accurate 3.1 miles…that being said, I’d be pretty surprised if I was actually running an 8:58 pace as indicated by the time above since I haven’t been running very much and the humidity was pretty bad.

After crossing the finish line, I got my “medal” and pretty much ran right into Jason who had apparently timed his departure from the ship perfectly to meet me at the end of the run!

Castaway Cay 5k Medal with Jason

I made a quick stop at the merchandise shop near the start/finish area to buy a Castaway Cay 5k shirt & pin (because really, how often do you run a 5k in the Bahamas?)…

Castaway Cay 5k Shirt & Pin

…and then grabbed my bag that I had brought with my bathing suit (they have a bin you can store bags in while you run) and headed straight to the beach!

Castaway Cay 5k Beach

Finish line to toes in the water in under 5 minutes?!  Can’t beat that!

Castaway Cay 5k Bib & Medal

Would you run a 5k while on a cruise?

What’s the most scenic race you’ve run?

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33 thoughts on “Disney Cruise: Castaway Cay 5k

  1. I would totally run a 5k on a cruise. I have this in my sights for the future. As far as the most scenic race I’ve run, that would be the BMO Vancouver Half
    Marathon. I did it in 2011, two days before the Inaugural Disney Cruise to Alaska! I did the race the last year it was a loop (it’s now point-to-point). The course took me through different parts of the city to Stanley Park which had views of the ocean and wound through the trees. It was one of my slower races and I blamed the hills and the scenary!

    • My husband and I were actually talking about doing an Alaska Cruise in the future! I did one with my family when I was younger and remember really loving it, I’d love to know what you thought of the Disney one and I love the idea of fitting in a race before you left! I hear Vancouver is gorgeous, I’d love to do a race there one day!

    • Haha, the course itself was a little boring, but really the whole idea of running a 5k on Disney’s private island while on a cruise was totally awesome! And being able to head right to the beach – can’t beat it! : )

  2. That water looks gorgeous! I LOVE that they have a 5K for cruisers. I also love the self-serve water stop. I would totally do it. I’ve run 5K on a treadmill on a cruise ship. Does that count?? The most scenic race I’ve done was either the Kauai Half Marathon or the Wild Dog Triathlon in Rhode Island. Kauai was tropical, but the ENTIRE Wild Dog Tri course was along the water. Gorgeous.

    • Yes, the air strip was definitely warm, and I was there in February! I can’t imagine what it’s like in the summer! The staff was really good about reminding people to hydrate though!

  3. Very cool idea! I went on an Alaskan cruise, and I would run around one of the decks that circled the ship. It was stunning – mountains, glaciers, whales, bears, eagles, etc. I also ran on the treadmill in the gym that looked out from the front of the ship. That was a pretty cool view when we were pulling into a port!

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    • I believe kids had to be 12+ to run the 5k. They did make a stop at the Kids Club area on the island on the way to the starting line though for some parents to drop their kids off while they ran, there were several families in our group that did this.

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  7. I would definitely give this a try! I loved going for my early morning runs in Hawaii while on my honeymoon, running anywhere tropical is just so beautiful! And well, I’m always a sucker for a medal! lol

  8. I am dying to go on a Disney cruise so I can run the Castaway Cay 5k, but not sure I will ever talk Tom into one. I may have to go after Princess one year!

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  10. Were there any walking the 5K instead of running? I’m not a runner but a walker but wouldn’t want to be the only one out there walking:). Thanks!!

    • Hi Tammy! I am pretty sure there were people walking, but I do remember that there was a time limit that they enforced, and I want to say it was 15 min/ mile (I’m not sure where you can find that exact information!), so as long as you can walk briskly I think you’ll be ok!

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