Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Castaway Cay

Molly in the elevator on the way to
the theater. Way too early to be up!!
Today’s main agenda was the CC 5K Challenge. Every Disney cruise has a 5K on Castaway Cay. The difference is that the usual 5K takes place around 9:15am and is open for anyone on the ship, and the Challenge takes place at 7am and is only for those who participated in the marathon weekend (any event during the weekend counts).

All the CC Challenge participants had to be in the main theater at 5:45am. Which is not exactly the time that one wishes to be up and awake on a cruise. But we RunDisney followers are those type of crazies. So around 800 of us found our way to the theater and waited to get off the ship around 6:15am.

Normally the ship docks at Castaway Cay around 8:00am. It’s daylight and it’s cool watching as the ship pulls into port. However, since the special 5K is so early, the ship pulls in while everyone is still asleep. Today we all got off the ship while it was still dark, which is kinda cool because normally you would not be on the island at this time of the day.

Thank goodness the towels were out!!
The weather was much better than yesterday, although a little cool. We found towels to wrap ourselves in while we walked to the start. Eventually the sun came up and we started the 5K. There were fast runners and slow walkers and people of all ages, including kids. We all did our 5K and received our medals (a special CC Challenge 5K medal and the regular CC5K medal). Once finished, we all got back on the ship, since it wasn’t officially time for everyone to be on the island.

The rest of the day was spent in typical island style – lazing around doing a lot of nothing. Tonight we eat at Palo, so I’m sure we’ll have a good night’s sleep tonight. The best part? We don’t have to get up early tomorrow morning and it’s a sea day, so NO PLANS!! 

And now for a few photos from the race ...

The obligatory "post race by the ship" photo

Our "official" race photo - cuz we be so cool!!
Thankful today for: beautiful weather on CC; fun during the 5K; dinner at Palo and our nice waiter

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