Bolder Boulder Training Plans

customized for you and the race.

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Bolder Boulder
Training Plans

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


In May of 1979, 2,700 runners lined up for the inaugural Bolder Boulder. Today, Bolder Boulder is the second-largest 10K in the United States and one of the five biggest road races in the world. Over 54,000 racers come to 30th and Walnut in downtown Boulder, CO, on Memorial Day of each year to participate in this wildly popular 10K race. Whatever your experience level, it's smart to prepare for every race you intend to run. However, the average free 10K training plan doesn't give you much more than a mileage schedule to follow. At Custom Training Plans, we take a personalized approach to race prep. Our Bolder Boulder training plans are designed to ready you for the hills, altitude, and other challenges you'll encounter on the course.

Bolder Boulder Training Plan

The Bolder Boulder course features a number of climbs and descents. While the climbs aren’t necessarily the biggest you’ll ever encounter, running a race at a higher elevation than you’ve trained at can be tricky. While you may not be able to simulate an oxygen-deficient training environment at home, you can do the next best thing. Our Bolder Boulder training plans help you build cardiovascular strength and endurance that you can rely on, no matter what your altitude.

As the race starts, you’ll face a long, fairly steady climb over the first 4 kilometers to Vista Hill. At the top of Vista Hill, you’ll be able to see the next 2 kilometers of your route where the course continues on, rolling up and down the hills to Casey Hill. At 5,391 feet, it’s the Bolder Boulder course’s highest point. When you choose Custom Training Plans to help you with your race prep, you get a program designed by professional athletic trainers that’s leaps and bounds beyond the free Bolder Boulder training plans you might find online. Our plans are customized to your fitness level, your goals, and the specifics of your race. Every CTP workout is created to help you build power, strength, and endurance that last the whole 10K.

Once you summit Casey Hill, it’s all downhill for 3 kilometers. While it’s tempting to show the descent who’s boss after all those hills, you’ll need to conserve some energy. You’ll need it – the last hill leading to the finish is steep! Following a CTP Bolder Boulder training plan can help you maintain a race pace that’s just right for you. Using a free 10K training plan to prep for a race like this can lead to injuries caused by undertraining. When you choose to train with CTP, you’ll receive a Bolder Boulder training program that takes into account your previous racing experience and your current fitness to optimize your performance safely.

The Bolder Boulder finish is at University of Colorado – Boulder’s Folsom Field. After entering the stadium, runners take a lap around the warmup track in front of a cheering crowd before they cross the finish line. The atmosphere at Folsom Field is second to none, and whether you’re a novice at the 10K distance or a seasoned pro, CTP can get you there with energy to spare. Experience the difference CTP can make with a customized Bolder Boulder training plan now.

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 Bolder Boulder plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight
  3. Receive your custom Bolder Boulder training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Bolder Boulder 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.