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  • On Jul 2, 2023
    Douglas from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My daughter and I want to do the Castaway Cay 5K for the first time. Do we book that ahead of time, or on board the ship? Or do you just go and run?

    Ahoy there, Douglas! Welcome back to planDisney. It's a pleasure to assist you as you prepare for your upcoming adventure at sea!

    There's nothing like a shared challenge to build a strong bond between father and daughter, and the Castaway Cay 5K is the perfect chance to get out and accomplish something together. While in the past you needed to register for this run, the current process does not require registration. Simply head toward the start of the race near the Bike Rentals station and follow the signs to stay on course. When you have completed the course, you can pick up a completion medal from a Crew Member at the Bike Rentals station. 

    The current process allows for extra flexibility as you can choose to run (or walk... that's allowed too!) the course at any time during your day at Castaway Cay. Many guests like to complete the course as early in the day as possible, but you can do whatever suits your schedule the best. My husband and I ran the course in the afternoon this past March and not only was it fairly empty, we could run a good portion of it in the shade. One thing to note, if you do complete the course later in the day and a Crew Member is no longer at the Bike Rentals area with a medal when you have finished, you can drop by Guest Services once you have returned to the ship to declare your accomplishment and receive a medal. 

    Don't forget to hydrate before and after the Castaway Cay 5K. You'll find a refreshing sports drink at the beverage stations on the island, and some water stations throughout the course to aid in your thirst quenching. Rumor has it that the best possible way to refuel after the challenge is with a soft-serve ice cream cone. 

    Enjoy making magical memories with your daughter and don't forget to take some pictures proudly displaying your medals! After all, while some people were just lounging at the beach, you were breaking a sweat! 

    Have a wonderful cruise, 

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Meet the Panelist: Adrianna, California

Welcome, fellow voyagers! Like my favorite bibliophile princess, I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! I’m a wife, a mom of two, and my favorite way to find adventure is on board the Disney Cruise Line. I’d love to help you and your sailing crew plan for your own adventures, filled with magic and memories that last a lifetime. Learn More About Adrianna

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