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disneyjunebug
02-08-2012, 11:13 AM
I just had a Total Ankle Replacement and my running days are over. I am starting to distance walk hopefully next month and should be able to walk a 5K by October when my son and I do 3-night cruise on the Dream. I would love to try to walk it and get the certificate. Is this possible? It would give me something to work towards!

Thanks!

noahsketomom
02-08-2012, 11:21 AM
I just had a Total Ankle Replacement and my running days are over. I am starting to distance walk hopefully next month and should be able to walk a 5K by October when my son and I do 3-night cruise on the Dream. I would love to try to walk it and get the certificate. Is this possible? It would give me something to work towards!

Thanks!

Just ran it last week. The CMs only stay for an hour or so after it starts, and they checked us off as we came in. They gave us a medal at the finish, and a certificate was waiting in my room later. So as long as you can make it by then, you'll be good. Even if you don't finish in time, you'll have the bib they give you at the start which is a cool souvenir.

FYI, it's a decent walk from the ship to the starting line too, probably a 1/3 -1/2 mile or so?

Have fun!!!

Southern Sailaway
02-08-2012, 11:30 AM
I've not done the race yet, but if they stay for an hour, that is a ton of time. Walkers usually finish a 5k in between 40 and 45 minutes. I just looked at the results for the running club's 5ks last year (many of which are billed as run/walk) and the slowest finish time in any of them was 52 minutes.

4butlers
02-08-2012, 11:30 AM
Yes, you can walk it. But as PP said, the CMs only stay for about an hour after the start. And, to let you know, when I ran it in November, I didn't get any kind of certificate or medal. So if you're doing it for a certificate or medal, there might be a chance that you won't get one. You will still get a bib though. It's a lot of fun!

jenifred
02-08-2012, 12:34 PM
We had walkers in our 5K. Not a problem at all. No medal though... which cruise was that on? I hear they do more for the 5K on the longer cruises. Ours was a 3-night.

noahsketomom
02-08-2012, 01:00 PM
We had walkers in our 5K. Not a problem at all. No medal though... which cruise was that on? I hear they do more for the 5K on the longer cruises. Ours was a 3-night.

4 night 1/29 Dream. I wasn't expecting it, (I did it to try to run off the food I was eating!) but was happy to get it at the finish line, since the rest of my family was moving slow that morning at hadn't even disembarked yet!! :sad2:

About 40 or so folks did it ---good group!

Zandy595
02-08-2012, 01:01 PM
The math: You'd have to walk faster than 3 mph to finish a 5k in an hour.

tefrench
02-08-2012, 01:06 PM
I walked it in October. The CM's warned us that they had to leave early for some training; so they were long gone by the time I was done. No certificate or medals, but did get a bib. This was on a 4-night Dream cruise.

mytripsandraces
02-08-2012, 01:14 PM
I did the 5k on the 4-night Bahamas cruise in January. We didn't get a medal, but I saved my bib. You'll have to be able to walk a mile in about 19 minutes (19:20 to be precise) to finish a 5k in an hour. I'll be doing the 5k on the 7-night Western Caribbean in December - fingers crossed for a medal!

FriendOfFanatic
02-08-2012, 01:41 PM
I have done the 5k on 4 night Wonder, 3 night wonder, 4 night Dream and 7 night Magic cruises and have never gotten a bib, metal or certificate. I hope to get one sometime in the future.

On our last April 4 night Dream cruise they had both a 5 k run (starting point near the bike rental hut) and a 5 k walk (starting point at the dock). The run started a little before the walk, so we had walkers in the run as well. I do not know if they still do both, but you could walk either. The range of speeds run is quite variable, so no matter how fast you go, there is a good chance you will be around someone else. My wife walked as fast as some of the runners, and often walks on the "run".

teach819
02-08-2012, 01:46 PM
When do you sign up for the 5K? onboard? And about what time does it start, I know it's early, just wondering how early.

disneyjunebug
02-08-2012, 02:27 PM
Thanks everyone! I hope they have one on my 3-night Dream in October! I'm walking (on the treadmill at physical therapy) at about 2 mph right now, so hopefully I'll be up to the right speed (and distance!) by October!

4butlers
02-08-2012, 02:34 PM
When do you sign up for the 5K? onboard? And about what time does it start, I know it's early, just wondering how early.

You don't have to sign up, just show up near the bike rental hut. We started about 9:00-9:15. But that probably is dependent on when you dock.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Butlerfield/Disney%202011/P1000895.jpg
The bike rental hut is on the right.

Zandy595
02-08-2012, 03:01 PM
You don't have to sign up, just show up near the bike rental hut. We started about 9:00-9:15. But that probably is dependent on when you dock. Really? I always thought the 5k started before everyone else was allowed off the ship.

maria-fan-22
02-08-2012, 03:05 PM
Really? I always thought the 5k started before everyone else was allowed off the ship.

Guests are not allowed off the ship until it's cleared by local authorities, which is usually 9am for CC, most people don't get off until about 10am however, so you will be one of the first people off, but they can't let you off until they can let everyone off. if that makes sense.

stitch920
02-08-2012, 03:16 PM
We were on the Magic 1/21-1/28 and there was a sign up from 9:30 to 9:45 at Diversion and then we went over to the start as a group. There were both runners and walkers in the group. I am more of a shuffler and finished in 40 minutes and there were several people still behind me. The CM was still there handing out medals. I am guessing the sign up is so they can distribute the magical moments certificates later in the day.

heartse
02-08-2012, 03:59 PM
This sounds like a perfect 5K for me to aim for... :cool2:

4butlers
02-08-2012, 04:13 PM
Really? I always thought the 5k started before everyone else was allowed off the ship.

On this day, they started allowing everyone off the ship around 8:30. I was one of the first off and by the time I walked all the way to the bike rental hut, it was almost 9:00. There were others getting off the ship also that weren't running.
Maybe they do the sign ups when they are planning on handing out medals/certificates? I wish they were a little more consistent about that.

mytripsandraces
02-08-2012, 06:28 PM
On the 1/8 Dream cruise, we had to meet in 687 (I'm not sure about the time, but it might have been 8:30) to get our bibs, which were our souvenir, though there might have been a Magical Moments certificate, too. We then all walked out together to the Bike Rental place for the start. It's really nice that they have an official race clock, too.

drdelsol
02-08-2012, 08:34 PM
Now I am looking forward to the 5k next month to see if these are permanent changes. On our previous cruises we never got anything for doing it, no bib, no certificate, nothing. A cast member did send a note to our room so my daughter could get the mileage credit at school last year.

mackiemom3
02-08-2012, 10:51 PM
4 night 1/29 Dream. I wasn't expecting it, (I did it to try to run off the food I was eating!) but was happy to get it at the finish line, since the rest of my family was moving slow that morning at hadn't even disembarked yet!! :sad2:

About 40 or so folks did it ---good group!

If you are running in the 5k do they let you out first? heard it can take a couple of hours to get off boat and I want to run it?

lianne_0325
02-08-2012, 11:53 PM
We didn't do it. But man those medals sure looked nice on the people we passed on that Jan 29th Dream sailing. I might just have to gear up for it for our next cruise. :)

noahsketomom
02-08-2012, 11:59 PM
If you are running in the 5k do they let you out first? heard it can take a couple of hours to get off boat and I want to run it?

We met in 687 at about 8:30 or so, got bibs, waited for late stragglers, then disembarked as a group around 8:45. There was no line. We walked off, waited for a picture with goofy, then walked as a group over to the start. It was VERY laid back and casual....

HTH!!!

goofyshell
02-09-2012, 12:00 AM
So there's no rhyme or reason to when they do medals/certificates? I'm in either way, just curious.

Keira1387
02-09-2012, 12:36 AM
:surfweb:

Brandis
02-09-2012, 08:05 AM
Not directly related, but found this distance guide at the info booth near the end of the pier:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EJLST79y8VM/TzPEW9hRvqI/AAAAAAAAxYI/IbYqCwr7LTQ/s800/IMG_1304.JPG

Perhaps it useful for some.

solfan68
02-09-2012, 08:36 AM
I have been walking during my lunch hour here in the Northeast(about 2 miles as weather permits). Once it warms up a bit more though, I am hoping to start the Couch to 5k app. My dad and sister have both run several of the Disney Half races the last couple of Januaries. So yeah, pretty excited to do this one "as a family." Hoping for a certificate or possibly a medal. But just really looking forward to the experience !

heartse
02-09-2012, 10:25 AM
Does anyone have a pic of the medal they received for finishing?

kellyb2000
02-09-2012, 11:10 AM
...heard it can take a couple of hours to get off boat...

It has never taken us a couple of hours to get off the ship!

Dallas_Lady
02-09-2012, 11:21 AM
Thanks for posting this. I've been training on our treadmill since January to get myself ready to do this. I've never been a runner at all, never been able to even run a full mile. So far I'm at about an hour to finish 5k (3.1) miles which I know sucks :blush:. I'm hoping to get it to 35-45 minutes. Which is still not great but will be an accomplishment for me.

RedxPanda
02-09-2012, 11:49 AM
I too am using the couch to 5k app on my iphone to get my running endurance up. I always hated running and the first week of the program was ROUGH!

Our first Disney Cruise this coming May is my inspiration to give running a try again. I'm looking forward to running the Castaway Cay 5K for the experience, but some souvenirs of the occasion would be great as well. :woohoo:

dreamsail
02-09-2012, 12:50 PM
Thanks for posting this. I've been training on our treadmill since January to get myself ready to do this. I've never been a runner at all, never been able to even run a full mile. So far I'm at about an hour to finish 5k (3.1) miles which I know sucks :blush:. I'm hoping to get it to 35-45 minutes. Which is still not great but will be an accomplishment for me.

Great job! I started running in October. I'm not sure what your training has looked like, but I have already shaved 2 minutes per mile off of my beginning time (I'm still slower than molasses to other "runners", but I'm proud of myself). One trick is to do a run/walk interval. When you do that, your body can actually run faster on the run portions than it can if you tried to run the whole time. On the other hand, don't try to go too fast or you will wear your body out!