Castaway Cay Challenge

Have you heard the news? There is a NEW Castaway Cay 5k challenge coming to the Disney Dream when you sail on the January 12th sailing right after marathon weekend 2015!


Check out the press release below for details:

Runners taking part in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend can add the ultimate finish to their experience – the new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a joint venture by runDisney and Disney Cruise Line.

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).

The Castaway Cay Challenge takes place during the 4-night Disney Dream cruise itinerary that sets sail Jan. 12, 2015 from Port Canaveral, Florida and includes a stop in Nassau in addition to Castaway Cay. The cruise will feature exclusive activities designed for Castaway Cay Challenge participants, plus special menu items and merchandise.

To sign up for the Castaway Cay Challenge, runners must book the Jan. 12, 2015 Disney Dream cruise at and then register for the Castaway Cay Challenge at Race registration opens May 23.


My thoughts: WAY awesome, as I have wanted runDisney to get involved with Disney Cruise Line for years, and I already love the Castaway Cay 5k. However, I do wish they would have announced sooner, because now the only thing you can sign up for during marathon weekend if you now decide to do this is Goofy’s Challenge.

A cruise is a GREAT way to relax and unwind after marathon weekend if you can swing the time off work and the cost. The Disney Cruise Line has quickly become my favorite way to vacation, and Castaway Cay is my favorite place on earth!


You can see some of my Castaway Cay 5k posts below:

Castaway Cay 5k

Castaway Cay 5k take 2

My original post from before they made all the changes is HERE.

QOTD: What are your thoughts on this challenge? Is it something you would be interested in doing?

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  1. I heard some buzz about this but was unsure of the details. I knew I could count on you to tell me all about it! It sounds really fun! I’m dying to go on another Disney Cruise! But I agree…they should have announced this earlier to go along with Marathon Weekend registration.

  2. I would seriously love to do this, but after paying for Dopey Registration for both my husband and I, I don’t think it’s gonna happen lol!

  3. This looks so fun!!

  4. This sounds great, but it sounds like a lot of $$ and I sort of feel like Disney is trying to make these challenges more into money makers. I love Disney and will continue to support their races, but can’t afford the time off to do all this, but those that can, this would be an awesome opportunity!!!

    • I am glad they are partnering with DCL, it’s about time they do something special with castaway cay 5k, I just had no idea it would be a challenge!

  5. This is really cool! We ran the CC 5k on our honeymoon last October and loved it. I so wish I could do this! I will be running the marathon but we’re already booked on our anniversary cruise in November so we can’t really swing another so soon after. What a cool idea, though! They should do this after all the big race weekends 🙂

  6. Tiffany says:

    I love the idea of this! But, I’m very disappointed that it wasn’t announced before WDW weekend sold out. I was on the fence about participating (I’m still holding out for a Star Wars race!) and this would have pushed me towards doing it. Oh well, maybe another time!

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