Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot Training Plans

customized for you and the race.

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Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot
Training Plans

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


The Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot has been run every year since 1896, giving it the title of America's oldest continuously run race. Today, it's also one of the most popular. In recent years, more than 14,000 people have gathered on the morning of Thanksgiving Day at the intersection of Delaware and Tacoma to run the Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot 8K. Custom Training Plans offers Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot training plans that include workouts that are customized to suit your current level of physical fitness and the Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot's straight, flat, and fast course.

Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot Training Plans

The Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot’s course has just two turns – almost the entire 8K of the race runs straight down Delaware Avenue. These two turns and the quality of your training stand between you and the finish at Franklin and Niagara. At CTP, we think that running workouts should incorporate things like intervals, hill work, and sprints. And our Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot training schedules include more than just running workouts – we give you cross-training and mobility exercises that complement the miles you’re putting in. We take a comprehensive approach to training for the Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot.

The Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot is a great place to have a good time, whether you’re there for speed or for fun. When you’re preparing for your race with Custom Training Plans, you receive a Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot training plan that provides workouts that are set to the right intensity for your current fitness level. Training at the proper level helps you to avoid injuries caused by under- or overtraining, helping you show up at the start line injury-free and ready to race. Trust your Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot training plan to Custom Training Plans and experience the difference that personalized training can make for your race.

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