Detroit Marathon Training Plans

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Detroit Marathon
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Detroit Marathon course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific Detroit Marathon 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 third Sunday in October each year, nearly 20,000 people come together in Detroit, Michigan, to take part in the Detroit Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. The Detroit Marathon's comfortable autumn temperatures make these races appealing for beginners and seasoned racers. No matter what your chosen distance may be, Custom Training Plans can help you prepare to run 5K, 13.1, or 26.2 with a training program that factors in your experience level and the terrain of the race you're running. Our Detroit Marathon training plans, Detroit Half Marathon training plans, and Detroit 5K training plans can help you arrive at the start injury-free and ready to race.

Detroit Marathon Training Plan

The mellow weather flat course make Detroit a great place to take on a new distance. CTP offers customized training schedules for runners of all levels, whether you’re interested in starting your first 5K, stepping up to the half marathon, or reaching for a new personal record in the marathon.

The 5K begins the weekend’s festivities on Saturday morning. Racers line up next to Milliken State Park in downtown Detroit. The route is largely flat and is split equally between city streets and green paths along the Detroit RiverWalk. The 5K is a great introduction to racing, and many of the next day’s competitors take part in the 5K as well.

On Sunday, the marathon and half marathons kick off early in the morning. The marathon and international half-marathon cross into Canada via the Ambassador Bridge, which is also the biggest hill in the race. After a few miles in Canada, the race returns to the U.S. via the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, where Border Patrol agents high-five runners as they pass by. At this point, international half marathon runners will turn toward the finish. Marathoners will go on to visit Indian Village and Belle Isle State Park via the MacArthur Bridge, a route shared by the U.S.-only half marathon. After crossing back over the bridge, runners have only 5K left before arriving at the finish line in downtown Detroit.

Race preparation is vital to your success, but not all race prep is created equally. Our Detroit Marathon training plans provide you with cross-training and running workouts that are customized to help you increase your fitness level. When you choose to train with Custom Training Plans, you receive a Detroit Marathon training plan, a Detroit Half Marathon training plan, or a Detroit 5K training plan that’s tailored to fit your experience level and prepare you for the course’s quirks. Every plan includes workouts that are adjusted to the proper intensity for your abilities, helping you avoid injury. Knowing what to expect on course can help you prepare both mentally and physically. Choosing a Detroit Marathon training program from Custom Training Plans can help you show up at the start line with confidence.

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