After running my first race, Disney Princess 5K, I decided that, as much as I hate running, I wanted to keep it up and do more races.  I was excited to sign up for a couple of upcoming races at Disney, but unfortunately within hours of registration opening, they sold out. I was very disappointed, signing up for races is what would keep me motivated to get out and run.

A friend told me about a couple of 5K’s she’s run, the Diva 5K in St. Augustine, FL and the Castaway Cay 5K at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay (Disney Cruise Line). I was able to sign up for the Diva 5K, which I will be running in December. And, I was lucky enough to get on a last minute, end of the summer, 3 night Disney Cruise. I was going to be able to run the Castaway Cay 5K!  And just like that I had two more races this year.

This race is great because 1. it’s a Disney race, 2. it’s free and 3. it’s on a beautiful Bahamian island. Signing up for the race is simple, once aboard the ship, sign up at Guest Services located on deck 3 in the atrium. The second I got on that ship I went straight there, signed up and got my ticket. I was pumped!

The next day, while most guests were disembarking to visit Nassau, I made my way up to the fitness center to get some running time on the treadmill. I was entertained by the view of the island and other docked cruise ships. Nice way to workout.

On Sunday we docked in Castaway Cay, I had to get up early because all participants needed to meet at 8:15am on the ship before heading out. I got my boys up, grabbed a quick breakfast snack, and headed to the meeting point, Evolution on deck 4. There you check in, give them your ticket, and get your bib.  The staff will go over rules, show you the course and give you instructions for the run. I had to take my boys with me, who were not running, but I was able to check them in at the kids club on the island.

The group of runners wasn't big, so it was kind of nice. We gathered at the start/finish line. If you have personal belongings, there is a place for safe keeping where you can store them. Then, it was on your marks, get set, go!

The course takes you down an air strip and into a loop with no outlet, except for the way you came in. You have to go around one time, come out and run down part of the air strip and back again into the loop for a second  time and finally back to the start/finish line. It was hot and muggy.

I ran the first mile, then I walked and jogged the rest of the way. There were water stations along the way, so you could keep hydrated. The staff let us know that if we decided not to run the loop a second time, they would just pretend they didn't see us skip the loop, lol.

Believe me, I was tempted to keep running towards the start/finish line and skip the loop, but I didn't want to cheat, so I pushed through. It was a casual race, no one was there to break records, it was more for the fun of it.  

I crossed the finish line in 42 minutes, but again it was for fun. If you ever find yourself on a Disney Cruise and you enjoy that sort of thing, sign up!


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