Well, when I woke up yesterday morning I did NOT have plans of sitting in a virtual que in a panic trying to register for the runDisney marathon weekend! I found out yesterday morning that they are offering the castaway challenge after the race, which I ssoooo badly want to do. I have talked to and begged runDisney to partner with DCL for years, so it’s only fitting I do the challenge, right?
Bobby and I signed up for the half marathon with hopes of doing the Castaway challenge and cruising on the Disney Dream after the race, but we are realistic and also realize we may have to defer if things don’t work out in our favor. I am so so glad runDisney started to allow you to defer your race registration, it makes it a lot easier to pull the trigger and sign up!
After missing marathon weekend this year, it will be fun to go back without the stress of waking up four mornings in a row for Dopey! We probably won’t arrive until Friday, will hit up the expo, run Saturday, then relax Sunday before getting on the boat Monday. I’m trying not to get too excited in case we have to defer, but I am going to try to make sure it happens!
Who has done the Castaway Challenge? Any tips? What to do what to skip, any pointers? I need all the info I can get!
So, now I get to hopefully see a bunch of you during marathon weekend, and maybe even some of you on the cruise?
QOTD: Who is running and what are you running, and who is cruising with me?
P.S. I would love to book your cruise for the castaway challenge! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Hargraves says
I did the Inaugural CC5K and had a ton Of fun! Even wore my Chewy costume! I went with my cousin, too! I know you have cruised DCL before, but here are some thoughts for everyone. We did FE’s and I am glad we did. when I cruise DCL again, I will not, though. It was an incredible amount of work to ensure you got everyone in your group, personalized things, etc. But def do FE’s – for anyone – if you have not for the first time! I do not get off any cruise line in Nassau and the boat empties, so tons of quiet time wherever you wander on board! Explore as much of CC as you can. Challenge folks and family support got off the ship before the sun came up to do the run, then everyone else who did the regular 5K went second. Not sure if that has changed or not, but we were the first group ever to disembark on CC before the sun came up! It made for some INCREDIBLE morning pictures!! I had fun and I know whoever else does it will have a ton of fun too! Explore CC. The time will fly on by!! The island is beautiful. Go up to the adult section and look down upon the island. We had a great time!
Wow in the chewy costume lol! I have done 10 DCL cruises, 2 were double dips so I have been to CC 12 times, crazy I know! We always stay on the ship in nassau and serenity bay is my favorite place on earth! :)I used to do FE’s but way to much work now!
Gah. SO excited!
Be careful about the deferral. I got pregnant and was not allowed to run, so I tried to defer the Princess Half. Even though I tried to defer days before the deadline, they told me deferrals were sold out. I didn’t realize they limit deferrals.
yes I ahve heard stories! We would do it well in advance
Mindy @ Road Runner Girl says
How exciting Heather! I want to go on another Disney Cruise! It would be perfect doing this challenge! The last time I did a Disney Cruise was on our honeymoon!
You’re going to have a blast with the CC!! Excited for you! 🙂
We’ll be there again this year too!
Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie says
Oh that sounds so fun! I wish I had known about that one – maybe next year! I bit the bullet and signed up for the marathon because I knew I would only regret not doing it.
Oh what a fun experience!! I would LOVE to run a RunDisney race!! Bucket list for sure!
they are awesome!
Have fun! I’m sure after 4 straight morning of early wake up calls, one morning won’t be bad at all.
Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete says
My husband surprised me with signing us up for Dopey. I’m very excited especially to remind him during the early wake up calls that this was his idea 🙂 I kid, I love everything about runDisney races and we haven’t been to marathon weekend since Goofy in 2013.
I can’t wait to read all about the cruise! I’ve never had any desire to do a cruise until recently and it seems like Disney is the way to go !
DCL cruises are AMAZING! I have done 10. 🙂 Oh I don’t envy you for dopey!
At some point in the future I really want to do the challenge, this up coming year we won’t be able to but it’s because we did actually book a disney cruise (we’ve got two young young kids and we heard its just awesome for them too) right during this event. So sadly not this year, but maybe next!
Juliana @ 4 Well Rules says
this is definitely on the bucket list for sure. I would love to the CC. Im still bummed to be missing out on the whole weekend-I had such a blast last year
So see you on the Disney Dream
I signed up too for my first CCC