Official Castaway Cay 5K Thread

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  1. AnotherPrincess

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    Anybody do this on the Dream recently? Does the Dream have the medals again yet? Going in May.
     
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  3. MDennis28

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    How do you find out info about where and when to meet on board?
     
  4. bumbershoot

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    We were some of the first off in Feb, but we were there nice and early, and we met nice and early, too.

    The Navigator for the Cay day (which is given out the evening before) will tell you where and when.


    nannylori, you walked 1 minute longer than I jogged. Good job!
     
  5. CanuckTraveller

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    I did it last Saturday on the Dream, I have a bib, medal and t-shirt that made my wallet $21.95 lighter ;)
    We met in Evolution at 8:15am and started running at 9:01am after walking to the start and reviewing the course.
    People have said there is no bathroom break after you leave the ship, but you do walk by bathrooms just before you get to the bike rental and a few of us slipped in and used the facilities quickly.
    I'm proud to say it was my first 5K and I finished in 27:33, which was faster than my goal of 30 mins! There were only 30-40 people running, one guy did the course twice and lapped me as I did the second loop, but everyone was very supportive, regardless of your abilities!
    Good luck!
     
  6. Fivepin

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    I am not a runner at all-came in last both 5K's I did at Castaway. The first one was in August and the heat/humidity was rough-took 52 mins. The second one was in November, weather was much better.

    I totally agree-that was my motto for Princess Half, didn't finish last but at the bottom of the pack. I didn't think I would finish, but I did-

    I do not run at all, haven't built up the stamina for it. I walked the 5K and have seen others do it as well. There are all sorts out there, the runners, the walkers, and the ones that do both.
     
  7. nannylori

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    Thank-you so much!!

    I was glad for the slight breeze, as it certainly took the edge off the heat.

    It also helped having DH next to me the whole time,especially towards the end,when I started to " hit the wall", telling me that I was way too stubborn to give up.......it wasn't easy for me,:crazy2:but that sense of accomplishment is amazing(I cried quickly and silently for only a minute or so,just couldn't hold the tears back)......:sad: But they were happy tears....::yes::
     
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    I wonder what the weather is like during the first part of Sept for a 5K?
     
  9. momtomattclare

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    Yikes, I might not be able to do it if it is this late. We're supposed to do parasailing at 11:00. I was expecting around a 9:00 start. I thought I'd have plenty of time since I should be able to finish my run in a half hour or less. Can anyone else comment? Does this happen a lot? I didn't want this run to eat up half my day, but I really wanted to do it.
     
  10. mjf

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    We are just off the Fantasy and I did the 5K on Castaway Cay (Friday March 15). Here is my experience...

    The navigator said to meet in the Tube night club at 9:15am, which is when I arrived. There was a LONG line of people getting race bibs, in the end over 140 people had signed up. I was not expecting this, but I thought it was great that so many people were running. We were supposed to leave the ship at 9:30am, that didn't happen. The captain did not give the all clear for the ship until maybe 10am and then the runners were in line to get out with everyone else. I thought I had read that the runners were let off before everyone else? This did not happen on our cruise. I'm pretty sure my family was off the ship and at the beach at least 20 minutes before we arrived at the start line.

    It look a long time to get off the ship, and then the CM told us she had to wait until everyone (all 140 people were off) before heading to the start line. Some of us waited and some went ahead. I waited with others for another 5 minutes and I few of us started to walk over while she waited for the rest. Its a long walk over to the start (5-10 minute walk?). We waited again, maybe another 5-10 minutes. Some people decided to run on their own without the "official" clock. By the time the CM got over and started the clock it must have been close to 10:45pm? Not sure on the exact times. I could have went ahead and started on my own but I wasn't exactly sure where to go and wanted to see the clock when I finished.

    The course is marked but I am not confident that I did the route correctly. We started just before the bike rentals and followed the trail to the run way and then took the right into the wooded bike trail, completed the bike trail loop, and then turned right and ran up to the end of the run way, back down the run way, and turned left into the bike trail loop again. When I came out of the bike trail for the 2nd time I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do, as the CM tending the water station was not there! Was I supposed to go up to the end of the run way again towards the Adult beach again, or head back towards the bike rentals and the start line? When I came out of the bike trail loop the 2nd time it was ~30 minutes after the start of the run so I figured someone should have been there. I am 2nd guessing the route as my time was longer than I would have expected.

    Everyone that finished got a plastic medal which is a very nice keepsake. They also had t-shirts for sale at one of the kiosks.

    Overall I am very happy that I did the run, but a little disappointed in the organization. I guess I didn't have to wait around so this was my choice. I am also lucky we didn't plan any morning excursions, as doing the run was a priority for me.

    This was my experience, I hope it provides some useful information.

    If anyone can tell me if I was supposed to go up to the top of the runway twice that would be great!

    Looking forward to planning my next cruise to Castaway Cay so I can do the run again.
     
  11. Fivepin

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    that is a late start-I guess it depends when you dock at Castaway. I believe our meet up was at 8:30 or 8:45am on the Dream. I know we were done by no later than 10:15 or so and that was with doing it in 52 mins.

    After the second loop around the bike trail you do head back to the bike rental. You only have to go done the airstrip towards Serenity Bay once.
     
  12. UGAFan0829

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    Does anyone have a picture of the medal or shirt they'd be willing to share?
     
  13. bumbershoot

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    I went to google, did an Image search for "castaway cay medal" and the very first picture showed me the medal and bib. Click on the image and it pulls up a few more pictures, one of which is the shirt you can buy.

    The medal is plastic and says "winner". It's the same medal they use on the ships for other things; I saw a picture of a teen who won a basketball contest of some sort with the same medal. ("winner" makes more sense for that, LOL)
     
  14. UGAFan0829

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    Found it! Thank you!:)
     
  15. bumbershoot

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    You are welcome. :) I would have posted a pic but I didn't even think to buy a tshirt (was just so happy with my bib number!), and it would have taken longer for me to take a picture of my medal, etc etc.
     
  16. CanuckTraveller

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    For anyone who is interested, I managed to add the Castaway Cay course to my list of routes on the map my run app. I searched "Abaco" and scanned around, Castaway Cay shows up just south of the main island of Abaco.
    I thought it was really cool :)
     
  17. momto3gr8boys

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    I was wondering if my garmin would map it when I run.
     
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    I saw a few posts in the beginning of this thread about kids but none in the more recent replies. Is there an age requirement or this? I think my 10 yr old would love to do it with me.
     
  19. bumbershoot

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    I believe 12 is the official age.

    They'll let kids run, but in the experience of the person sitting next to me with their child, the child won't get a bib number or medal, etc. (at least not in front of people...it seemed like the CM was telling the parent that she would give them something later)

    10 I can see being fine with it. But the child was younger than my son (8), and the child was acting (when I passed them, which is shocking because I am a very very slow jogger) just about how much son would have acted if I'd let him come...whining and walking too slowly and not making the universe very fun for the parent at the moment. The child made me glad I'd left my kidlet in the room with DH! (and my son is very active...he's just not a jogger yet)
     
  20. mordecai

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    Just a quick update; I did the 5k in September 2012 and had nearly an identical experience as MJF as far as timing and how many people showed up. It was very late and took up a good portion of the day. It is also a very long walk to/from the ship in relation to the start line. There were kids that looked younger than 12 on the run with bibs but I don't know if they got medals. I'd imagine so.

    Here is a picture of my bib and medal:
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    Also MJF the course only goes down to the end of the runway once, then back to the start/finish line. Sounds like you did the whole thing.

    One last thing - 3 or 4 of us were trying to get GPS signal there so we could have a cool gps map of the run. As far as I know none of us were successful and just looked like idiots holding our devices (phones/watches/etc) up to the sky and staring at them bewildered.
     
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