Next year, Disney Cruise Line will officially join in on the fun of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend by adding a sea component to the regular land based race weekend with the all new Castaway Cay Challenge. The new joint venture between Disney Cruise Line and runDisney which was mentioned a while back on guest surveys, will offer runners participating in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend an opportunity to have their cake and eat it to with a chance to sail on the Disney Dream and compete in a special 5k race at Castaway Cay.
Sure you can run the Castaway Cay 5k on any Disney Cruise sailing to Castaway Cay, but only during the marathon weekend January 7 – 11, 2015 can you compete in the 5K, 10K, and/or half marathon and then set sail on the Disney Dream for the last let of the journey. On January 12, 2015 the Disney Dream will set sail from Port Canaveral on a 4-Night Bahamian cruise to compete in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge on January 14th.
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
Every runner who finishes the new runDisney Castaway Cay Challenge will earn two medals – an inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge medal and a Castaway Cay 5K medallion to accompany any medals earned for running any of the Disney Marathon Weekend events at Walt Disney World.
Castaway Cay Participants Receive:
- Castaway Cay Challenge Inaugural Event T-Shirt
- Commemorative Castaway Cay 5K Finisher Medallion
- Commemorative Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher Medal for participating in one Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5K or longer event 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
The cruise will feature a stop at Nassau, Castaway Cay, and a day at sea will include exclusive activities designed for Castaway Cay Challenge participants, plus special menu items and merchandise.
To sign up for the Castaway Challenge, runners must book the Jan. 12, 2015 Disney Dream cruise using promo code RUN, and then register for the Castaway Challenge at www.runDisney.com. Race registration opens May 23, 2014. A quick check on Disney Cruise Line’s site shows that this will cost a minimum of $600 per person with double occupancy.
If you are not already registered for a race at the weekend, I’d suggest doing this ASAP as the runDisney website indicates there are two races that are not sold out. As of publication the only 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend races available are the runDisney Kids races and Goofy’s Race and Half Challenge.
UPDATE: The event limit has been reached and the Castaway Cay Challenge is sold out according to the runDisney website linked above. While the event is sold out, the sailing is not.
A few readers booked on this sailing asked us whether or not guests can still participate in the traditional Castaway Cay 5k event even though they are not part of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Disney Cruise Line did inform us that guests sailing on the January 12, 2015 Disney Dream sailing may participate in the traditional Castaway Cay 5K. However, only those that complete the Castaway Cay Challenge (the 5K on the island and a race at Walt Disney World during the Disney Marathon Weekend) will receive the inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge medal. It was not stated, but I think it is safe to say the regular medal will be handed out at the end of the 5k on Castaway Cay for those not participating in the Castaway Cay Challenge.