Baltimore Running Festival Training Plans

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Baltimore Running Festival
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Baltimore Running Festival course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific Baltimore Running Festival goals.

  • Expert Training Plans

    expert plans

    Developed by certified coaches with time-tested results.

  • Runner Specific Training Plans

    Runner Specific

    We know you’re unique. Your training plan should match.

  • Race Specific Training Plans

    race Specific

    Race profile, time of year, and altitude all factor into our plans.

  • Affordable Training Plans


    Custom plans shouldn’t cost more than the race itself.


Since 2001, the city of Baltimore has hosted the Baltimore Running Festival in the month of October. The festival includes the running of the Baltimore Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K race along with an expo, family-friendly activities, kids' races, and entertainment. The Baltimore Running Festival is an annual gathering for runners of all distances to celebrate the sport, and Custom Training Plans wants to help you arrive in top form. Our Baltimore Running Festival training plans are customized - not just for you, but for the race too. Each of our Baltimore Marathon running plans, Baltimore Half Marathon training plans, and Baltimore 5K training plans provide you with workouts at just the right intensity, helping you to avoid injury as you get ready to race.

Baltimore Running Festival Training Plan

Baltimore’s October weather is perfect for running, and the Running Festival’s welcoming atmosphere makes the 5K, half marathon, and marathon a great place for runners of all abilities. The 5K route starts at Pratt and Calvert Streets. This flat, fast course takes runners on a short tour of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area. The route passes the Maryland Science Center and turns to head back toward the finish at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Whether you’re looking for a couch to 5K program or you’ve been running them for years, CTP can help you prepare with a Baltimore 5K training plan that suits your needs.

The marathon is a fair yet challenging course that travels through many diverse neighborhoods, including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront, Federal Hill, and Fells Point. The route also travels through the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. At mile 13.1, the half marathon course joins the marathon course, and the group moves on to conquer the biggest climb together. Miles 16-20 of the route are often compared to the Boston Marathon’s famed “Heartbreak Hill.” Runners are then rewarded with a loop around the shores of Lake Montebello. The last five miles are mostly downhill before turning onto Pratt Street. The runners are cheered onto the finish along the waterfront promenade through McKeldin Square, West Shore Park, and Rash Field next to the U.S.S. Constellation. Whether you’re shooting for a new PR or trying out a new distance, we can help you prep for Baltimore’s biggest races.

When you decide to train with CTP, you get a Baltimore Marathon training plan, Baltimore Half Marathon training plan, or Baltimore 5K training plan that’s customized just for you. Every workout is geared toward your current fitness level, your past running experience, and the unique features of the course. Using a generic Baltimore Running Festival training plan won’t provide you with the same level of customization that our plans so. Our 20-week Baltimore Marathon training plans give you specialized running workouts that help you prepare gradually, avoiding burnout. If you’re going from couch to marathon, we also offer a 24-week Baltimore marathon training plan that includes an additional four weeks of conditioning workouts, helping you to stay injury-free on your path to the start line. Trust Custom Training Plans with your Baltimore Running Festival race prep.

Here’s what you’ll receive in your plan package:

  • Daily Plans


  • Pace Chart

    Pace chart

  • Lift Workouts

    Lift workouts

  • Coaching Letter

    Letter from your coach

  • Mobility Workouts

    Mobility workouts

  • RPE Chart

    RPE chart

  • Running Podcast


  • Motivational Emails

    Weekly motivation email

How Training Plans Work

How it works

  1. Complete our proprietary runner questionnaire so we can get to know you better.
  2. Your custom Baltimore Running Festival plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Baltimore Running Festival training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Baltimore Running Festival with confidence.

Our method

  1. Certified Coaches

    With the expertise of USATF certified coaches and physical therapists, we built an advanced model to weigh the effects of runner-specific variables on training outcomes.

  2. Custom Race Profile

    We analyzed unique characteristics of hundreds of races across the country to build a “race profile” into our model that accounts for elevation gain, altitude, time of year, and more.

  3. Training Plan Model

    Our model generates a unique training plan for you and your race, and all plans are reviewed by a coach and hand-tweaked before they make their way to you.