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Disney Cruise Line's Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge

Disney Cruise Line guests sailing the Disney Dream this past week, had the opportunity to participate in the ever popular Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort before their 'dreamy' cruise. The event ran for four full days and participation was high featuring over 26,000 runners. Participants, from over sixty countries and from all over the United States ran the route through all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, the ESPN Wide World of Sports and through the Walt Disney World Speedway, in Orlando, totalling 26.2 miles.
All photos in this post are courtesy of Disney Cruise Line and Disney Parks Blog Posts.

Over 700 participants then went on to sail on the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream, where once stopped at Disney's Castaway Cay, those participants ran the Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge. This 5K event gave runners the opportunity to be surrounded by the lush, exotic surroundings during their run and were presented with a unique Castaway Cay Challenge Medal upon their return.

I have participated in past Castaway Cay 5K's with my son Andrew, and I have to say it was the most positive experience for us both. We sprinted, walked quickly, jogged and ran the course with great ease and security. The paved pathways, lined with lush shrubs and bushes afford me security in containing my son's directionality because they prompted him to move in a forward direction, instead of veering off to the sides. We had pit stops with refreshments along the way which also were of great respite.
I hope runDisney and Disney Cruise Line bring this event back next year during our sailing on the Disney Fantasy.
runDisney featured both these events, where the initial registration took place.


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