Here are a couple of posts highlighting the inaugural Castaway Challenge 5K.
Disney Cruise Line 4-night Bahamian Cruise January 12-16, 2015, following Walt Disney World® Marathon January 7-11, 2015
Disney Castaway Cay 5K January 14, 2015
From Parks to Paradise, join the first-ever Disney Castaway Cay Challenge!
From RunDisney’s site, the all-new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge is an ultimate running adventure, combining one magical 5K event or longer during the 2015 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend (January 7-11, 2015) with a Castaway Cay 5K on Disney Cruise Lines’ private tropical island in the Bahamas the following week. On Monday, when Marathon weekend is over, set sail on board the Disney Dream for a 4-night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral. You’ll sail to Disney Castaway Cay for your 5K run along sandy white beaches, past swaying palms and sparkling turquoise lagoons, with magical Disney moments to surprise you along the way. It’s a runner’s paradise in a spectacular island oasis. Best of all, as a runDisney guest on board the Disney Dream, you’ll receive VIP treatment with exciting activities, special merchandise offerings, and featured menu items. From parks to paradise…and a dream getaway on board a magical cruise! Be one of the first to earn your Disney Castaway Cay Challenge Inaugural Finisher Medal!
Here is more details on the Disney Blog.
Yesterday, runDisney added the Castaway Cay Challenge to their lineup of races scheduled to take place in February 2015 during the Princess Half Marathon weekend. Every runner who finishes the runDisney Castaway Cay Challenge will earn two medals – a Disney Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher medal and a Castaway Cay 5K Finisher medallion to accompany any medals earned for running any of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend events at Walt Disney World.
The cruise aboard the Disney Dream will feature a stop at Nassau, Castaway Cay, and a day at sea to recoup from the events of the 2015 Princess Half Marathon weekend.
To sign up for the Castaway Challenge, runners must book the February 23, 2015 Disney Dream cruise using promo code RUN, and then register for the Castaway Challenge at www.runDisney.com. The Disney Cruise Line reservation number is required in order to register for the Castaway Cay Challenge which will open to the public on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12 PM EST.
Here is a map of my run from my Garmin back in 2013.
Castaway Cay 5K Highlights
- 3.1 mile course through Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Lines’ private island in the Bahamas
- Course runs past sparkling lagoons, the harbor, and white sandy beaches
- Surprise Disney magical moments and entertainment on-course
Castaway Cay Participants Receive:
- Castaway Cay Challenge Event T-Shirt
- Commemorative Castaway Cay 5K Finisher Medallion
- Commemorative Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher Medal for participating in one Princess Half Marathon Weekend 5K or longer events PLUS the Castaway Cay 5K
- Post-race refreshments
- Exciting Activities and access to Special Merchandise on board Disney Cruise Line
- Featured Healthy Menu Options on board Disney Cruise Line
Today it was reported on Through Heather’s Looking Glass something really cool called the “Castaway Cay 5K Challenge“. If you are (or will now be) traveling on the Disney Dream on January 12, 2015 after Marathon Weekend, you have a chance to add an extra challenge.
“After competing in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and/or full marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend (January 7-11), runners can compete Jan. 14 in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a special 5K race on Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private Bahamas island. Every runner who finishes this new runDisney Challenge event will earn two medals – an inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge medal and a Castaway Cay 5K medallion, plus any medals earned for running any Disney Marathon Weekend events (5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon). ”
This sounds really awesome, as we are now almost Gold Members on Disney Cruise Line. Unfortunately, I am not running at Marathon Weekend this year so I am out, bummer! If you decide to do it, let me know. Maybe in the future I can give this a go!
In a continuing recap of our cruise on the Disney Dream, the 3rd day put us in port at Disney’s private island of Castaway Cay. This is such an awesome place with lots to do, and eat!!!
It was a running day for me, and I did not want to run on the deck of the ship again, so we agreed I would get off the ship first and do the Castaway Cay 5k. Here is a separate post on that run.
After the run it was a very relaxing day at Castaway Cay. We went to the adult beach, called Serenity Bay and spent most of the day there just hanging out with friends and meeting other new people on the cruise.
Upon returning to the ship, we just relaxed on our balcony until it was time for dinner. This night’s dinner with in the Royal Palace.
This is the more elegant of the restaurants. It was yet again another awesome meal, centered around a pirate theme. This night of the cruise is also know as Pirate Night! You can dress up as a pirate if you like, we had costumes but did not dress up.
After diner, that have a Pirate party on the deck of the ship, and shoot fireworks off from the ship. Currently Disney Cruise Lines is the only cruise line with the rights to do such a show, and it is fantastic! Here are a couple of videos of the show and fireworks.
I could not get my videos to upload to YouTube from my phone, so here is a popular one that Attractions Magazine posted from the Disney Fantasy. It is the same show for both ships.
After the fireworks, they had the late night pirate dessert buffet, which of course we attended and it was awesome. The we called it a night for the 3rd day of the cruise.
In writing this post, I realized I did not take as many pictures on this day of the cruise, so I am going to include on this post the events of our 4th day, which was our Day At Sea. This is probably our favorite day(s) of the cruise, as we find these most relaxing. We slept late, and just hung out around the ship on this day. We took in a few trivia games with friends, laid out in the sun, and ate! In fact I found the perfect shirt (which I bought) to describe the cruise.
That evening we had reservations for PALO, which is an adult only restaurant on the ship. We did this on the Disney Fantasy last year, and had to do it again. One of the best meals we have ever had. It is a five course meal, and takes about 2 hours for the entire meal. With my difficulty in sitting still for this long, this was a true test for me, but it was awesome!
They even wishes me an early Happy Birthday!
After dinner, we met our friends for one last trivia game. After attending so many trivia games, the host, Robyn, came to know us as “Team Awesome Six-Some”! After the game, we all said our goodbyes as two of the group had to get off the ship really early when we arrived the next morning to catch a plane.
Also with this being the final night of the cruise, The Pumpkin Tree was in full bloom and all the pumpkins were lit.
The last event of the Halloween on the High Seas was a time of Haunted Stories of the Seas. It was at 11pm on the pool deck. They played an one sea captain on the big FunnelVision screen. He told about 4 ghost stories that were really good.
The final morning, we woke up and had our last “See You Real Soon” Breakfast, and then we disembarked the ship until next time!
It was a really great relaxing cruise. We have already booked our next Disney cruise while on board, so we will be back in 2014.