Are you excited to run Disney's Castaway Cay 5K? I know exactly how you feel.
When I booked my Disney Cruise with a stop at Castaway Cay, I was excited to learn that there was a Castaway Cay 5K. I love running and knew I had to do it!
In this post, I am going to share with you everything you need to do to run the Castaway Cay 5K. I will give lots of details about where to meet, the race route, and where to pick up your medal!
The 5K Castaway Cay race was one of my favorite things to do on Castaway Cay!
Let's learn all about the Disney Castaway Cay 5k.
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Is There a 5K Run on Cataway Cay?
A lot of you might be wondering if there is still a Castaway Cay 5K on Disney's private island. The answer is Yes! A lot of things have changed over the years but the Castaway Cay 5K is still available. Let's answer some of the questions you might have.
Do You Have to Be on a Disney Cruise to Run the Castaway Cay 5k?
How Much is the Castaway Cay 5K?
Do You Have to Register for the Castaway Cay 5K?
No, In the past you had to register to participate in the 5K Castaway Cay race. Now you do not need to do anything.
Is There a Set Time I Need to Run the Disney Castaway 5K?
No, You can get off the ship and start the Castaway Cay 5K anytime you want. In the summer, it is probably better to get up early and run before the sun gets too hot.
Do I Need a Running Bib for the 5K Castaway Cay Race?
No, In the past they did hand these out and had an official timer. You would start with everyone who was participating and run the race as a group. It was more of a traditional race.
Now, this is a go-at-your-own-pace race. You will time yourself, pace yourself, and start and finish on your own terms. This allows everyone who would like to participate the chance to.
Every ship that has a stop at Castaway Cay has the ability to run the Castaway Cay 5K as long as the weather is agreeable.
Can You Walk the Castaway Cay 5k?
Yes, you can run or walk the Castaway 5K, but you can not bike it! Because this is self-paced it is totally fine to walk!
How Long is the Castaway Cay 5K?
A 5K is equal to 3.1 miles.
Where Do I Go on Start the Castaway Cay 5K?
I was so confused about where to start this self-paced race. I stopped by the information booth and was told to head to the bike rental location.
This is where you will be shown the Castaway Cay 5K map and route. You will also head back here to get your Castaway Cay 5K medal.
Castaway Cay 5K Map
I tried to draw on the Castaway Cay 5K map! You will start at the bike rental location and follow the path until you get to the main road. You will see the trams headed to Serenity Bay. (The Adult only area of the island.)
There will be markers all along the 5K Castaway Cay path. You will see an airplane, this is the first loop you will make. You then head to Serenity Bay, and back to make another loop. You finish by running straight back to the bike rental booth.
Disneys Castaway Cay 5k Route
The Castaway Cay 5K map gives you an idea of where to go but we are going to show you a lot of images and landmarks so you can recognize them as you are running.
Some people were confused about the Castaway Cay 5K route while we were running. I didn't think it was too difficult but just so you know for sure let's lay it out!
Start the Castaway Cay 5K
You will walk a short distance from the bike rental booth and see the Castaway Cay 5K start sign. From here you take a short path to the main road.
This is where you will want to start your smartwatch and begin your self-paced time.
What to Look For As you Run the Castaway Cay 5K
It is always good to have a visual. As you run along the main road to Serenity Bay you will see an airplane that says bike path. There is also a red sign the says Castaway Cay 5K.
This is a loop. You will run the entire loop and exit this area.
My husband is so much faster than me. I really concentrated on running the 5K. He let me run ahead and decided to go up the observation tower which is located on the Castaway Cay 5K trail.
It is a really great view of Castaway Cay. He was able to look out and see the DisneyWish ship that we sailed on. It also was surprising how undeveloped Castaway Cay is. There are a lot of trees. There are binoculars at the top of the observation area.
He easily caught back up to me, even though I was running my heart out!
Markers Along the 5K Castaway Route!
Towards the end of the loop, you will see signs that help you know how far you have until you finish the loop. This was so helpful for me.
I love the encouragement that you only have a little more to go!
Head to Castaway Cay Serenity Bay
After you exit the loop you will head towards Serenity Bay. If you get tired and think you can't run anymore there is a tram stop at the end of the road. (But keep going, you need that medal!)
This might be the tricky part for some people. You will run back to the loop and run it again. Yes, you read that right! You end up running the loop 2 times.
Is There a Drink Station for the Castaway Cay 5K?
Yes, there is a drink station located at the entrance of the loop. This is a fantastic spot because you will pass by a few times as you enter the loop and exit the loop.
I stopped and grabbed some cold water before heading back to the finish line.
Castaway Cay Medal
After your second loop, you can run right back to the bike rental booth and claim your medal.
Castaway Cay 5K Medal
These medals are so cute! I love getting medals. They say “Castaway Cay 5K” and “I run on Vacay” They are fantastic souvenirs and absolutely free. It is totally worth running to get the medal for me!
What Do I Need to Bring to Run the Castaway Cay 5k?
The most important thing is to bring yourself!! I brought my husband along too. Kids 10 and up are welcome to run the Castaway Cay 5k. When I run I have a few items that I always bring.
Things to Bring on the Castaway Cay 5K
- Apple Watch or Garmin
- Disney Apple Watch Band
- Running Belt with Extra Water
- Good Shoes
- Change of Clothes
- Flip Flops for after you run
- Beach Gear
The path is paved so you will want to wear good shoes like Brooks. I actually wore my trail running shoes because I didn't have enough room to pack multiple pairs. It was all good.
You will also want to bring a change of clothes. You probably don't want to have to go back to the ship after you run. Just bring all of your beach gear and swimsuit and change in the bathrooms after you run the Castaway 5K race.
What Do I Do with my Kids While I Run the Disney Castaway Cay 5K?
If you have young kids under the age of 10, you can check them in at Scuttles Cove while you run.
This is the kids club that is located on Castaway Cay. It is a lot of fun with activities that will keep them busy while you get some exercise.
It is super nice that there is a kids' club option. You can also enjoy some time at Serenity Bay while your kids play at Scuttles Cove.
Are You Ready to Run the Disney Castaway Cay 5K?
Are you ready to run the Disney Castaway Cay 5k race? I love running and 5K's are my jam! The Castaway Cay 5k is a great way to get a good workout and an awesome souvenir.
I am a fan of exercising while on vacation. After I finished the Castaway Cay 5K I felt awesome and ready to jump into the ocean. I highly recommend the 5k Castaway Cay race.
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