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Disney Cruise Castaway Cay 5K Medals: How to Register

One of the things I love most about visiting Castaway Cay with Disney Cruise Line is running the Castaway Cay 5k. The Castaway 5K has changed over the years. The good or bad news, depending on how you look at it, is that it’s no longer a group race with race bibs. It’s a run-your-own-race on Castaway Cay. 

Castaway Cay 5k 2024: What You Need to Know

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island, and it’s gorgeous. It is always the highlight of our Disney Cruises. When Disney Cruise Line docks at Castaway Cay, you can run or walk a 5K on the island and receive a medal! A 5k is 3.1 miles.

In past years, the Castaway Cay 5k was an organized run with registration, bibs, timers, Cast Members as chEARleaders and it felt like a mini runDisney race.

All the runners would meet on the ship and walk off together and then have a timed race.

Castaway Cay 5K

Now after Covid, the Castaway Cay 5k is a self-paced, run-when-you-want race.

When you disembark at Castaway Cay, you can run or walk the 5K whenever you want.

There is no longer official registration for the Castaway Cay 5K. Follow the race signs down the old airstrip. You’ll start by the bike rental booth and continue to follow the signs around the bike path and down by Serenity Bay a little bit. 

Castaway Cay 5K Disney Cruise Line

How Do You Sign Up for the Castaway Cay 5K?

There is no sign up or registration process for the Castaway Cay 5K on Disney Cruise Line. Any guest can run the Castaway Cay 5K, no matter the age.

There used to be an age restriction for the Castaway 5k, but younger kids can now run, too.

Once you’re off your ship, you choose the time when you want to run and then head to the start line by the Bike Rental hut. You’ll see 5k markers along the way to direct you. Some of the Castaway Cay 5K race course is shared by the bike paths, so just be careful for bikers, too.

How Much Does it Cost to Run the Castaway Cay 5K?

The Castaway Cay 5K is free to run for all guests of Disney Cruise Line who stop at Castaway Cay. 

Are There Water Stations on the Castaway Cay 5K Race Course?

There are water stations set up along the course for runners and bikers. If you wait until later in the day to run, sometimes the water jugs are down to their last drops. 

Castaway Cay 5K Water Stops 2022

Castaway Cay 5K Medal 2024

Don’t you worry, there are still Disney Cruise Line medals for the Castaway Cay 5k on Disney’s private island! Once you complete the 5k (running or walking), you can collect your medal at the Bike Rental Station. It’s based on the honor system, so if you put in the miles, then you deserve that medal, well rubber medallion.

Unfortunately, biking does not officially count for the 5k, but it’s still really fun to bike around the island.

The 2024 Castaway Cay 5K medal is a Mickey Medal!

Castaway Cay 5K Medal

You don’t receive a shirt for running the Castaway Cay 5K like other runDisney races, but they usually have some type of merch to purchase.

Is the Castaway Cay 5k Worth It?

Castaway Cay is precious relaxation time for me and my family. When the race was early and you got off before all other guests, it made sense. Now that the hoopla and fanfare are gone, the Castaway Cay 5k is not quite as exciting. 

However, if you love to run, want motivation to run or just want the bling, then go for it! If you’re traveling in the summer, I suggest running earlier in the day, because it gets really hot. Bring a change of clothes and put on your swimsuit and head to the beach afterwards! 

Castaway Cay 5K Race Details

To reward yourself try Palo Brunch or if your little one decides to run with you, maybe treat them to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Questions about the current Disney Cruise Line wifi? We’ve got you covered. 

Happy running and remember…every mile is magic. Even at sea.