City of Pittsburgh Great Race Training Plans

customized for you and the race.

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City of Pittsburgh Great Race
Training Plans

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


On the last September of every year, thousands of runners gather in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh to line up for the 5K and 10K versions of the Pittsburgh Great Race. The 10K is now one of the largest 10K events in the country, so if you're lucky enough to snag a coveted entry, you'll want to train right. Custom Training Plans offers both 5K and 10K Pittsburgh Great Race training plans that incorporate running workouts tailored to your physical fitness level, race goals, and the Pittsburgh Great Race's flat, fast, beginner- and PR-friendly course.

City of Pittsburgh Great Race Training Plans

The Pittsburgh Great Race 10K course starts with a slight uphill before leading runners up and down Pittsburgh’s rolling hills. At the 5K mark, the course levels out and the 5K racers join the pack. Once the course arrives on the famous Boulevard of the Allies, athletes will grade uphill slowly before making the turn toward the finish in Point State Park. Our Pittsburgh Great Race training plans prepare you for the hills with intervals, sprints, and hill repeats that build the strength you’ll need to crest each hill with confidence. Our Pittsburgh Great Race training plans go above and beyond mileage, though. We also include cross-training and mobility exercises to provide a full-body approach to race preparation.

When you opt to train for the Pittsburgh Great Race with Custom Training Plans, your plan will prepare you to go the distance with customized workouts. Steadily building strength and endurance with a plan that’s tailored to your current fitness level can help you show up at the start injury-free and ready to run. Custom Training Plans can give you an edge, whether you’re running your first Pittsburgh Great Race or you’ve been participating since the early days. Follow a CTP Pittsburgh Great Race training plan and see how far you can go!

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