Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are covering some runDisney topics including what you can look forward to in 2016.
runDisney Castaway Cay 5K
We went on our second cruise this past December, and my daughter and I decided to run (walk, really) the runDisney Castaway Cay 5K. Now, I’m not a runner by any means, but I figured that I could do a 5K, and it would be a unique experience, right? Well, we did learn a thing or two that I want to share with you. Here are my top 5 tips for participating in the Castaway Cay 5K!
Know Which Side of the Crowd You Need to Be On
We met in Evolution, one of the adult clubs, before time to debark the ship at Castaway Cay. Songbird and I got there early and sat near the front where the course map was shown and discussed. The front of the club ends up being the back of the line heading off the ship. If you have a child you need to drop off at the kids’ club on the island, you need to be toward the front of the VERY long line. If you don’t have kids to drop off and you aren’t in a hurry, stick toward the back of the line to grab a picture of the ship while walking toward the race starting line.
See the black arrow on the right? What about the red arrow on the left? These arrows show the ship versus the starting line. It is about a 1/2 mile walk just to the starting line of the 5K. It was 80-85 degrees with what felt like 110% humidity. It was HOT! Much hotter than we expected for November. We weren’t quite ready for this changed from our 60 degree training sessions.
Make sure to take your source of music for the run! The Castaway Cay 5K wasn’t quite as scenic as the view from the ship. If you start at the black arrow, follow the red arrow to the light blue arrow where you turn right and enter the loop of doom which is denoted by the dark blue arrow. After exiting the loop of doom, you head down the runway, shown by the green arrow. Once you reach Serenity Bay, you turn around, head back for another run through the loop of doom and then back to the starting line, which is now the finish line.
Here are a few pictures from the run. There wasn’t a whole lot to look at along the way other than pavement, sun, and the people in front of you. Music definitely would have helped.
BYOW – Bring Your Own Water
So, there was a water stand at the entrance to the loop of doom; however, there were so many people running that they ran out of cups before we came back out of the loop. There were places to get water, but there were only flimsy cone cups to use after the regular cups ran out. It wasn’t really conducive to getting the necessary amount of water needed considering the heat.
Have Friends or Family Save Chairs
When Songbird and I met up with the rest of the family, it was too late to get any chairs with an umbrella. We won’t make that mistake again. While doing the 5K can be a fun and unique thing to do, the main point of stopping at Castaway Cay is for us to spend that time together. Next time, we will make sure that the ones who don’t do the 5K grab some places to sit. I saw several people coming off the race who were looking for chairs but couldn’t find any on the beach, either.
Having said that, this was definitely a unique experience that we will always remember. The race bibs are nice reminders.
As are the medals we received.
Are you planning to do the Castaway Cay 5K on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation?
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | runDisney Loop:
- 1st Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Best Disney Running Songs for Your runDisney Playlist
- 2nd Stop – This Roller Coaster Called Life | Castaway Cay 5K
- 3rd Stop – The Delightful Life | What should I wear for my runDisney race?
- 4th Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | Planning to runDisney in 2016? An Overview of What to Expect