Drumstick Dash Training Plans

customized for you and the race.

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  • Safe Training Plans Fewer Injuries
  • Successful Training Plans Better Results

Drumstick Dash Training Plans

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


Each year, the Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash is run on Thanksgiving morning. For nearly 20 years, the Drumstick Dash has been an Indianapolis tradition. Today, it's the largest Drumstick Dash in the United States, raising thousands of dollars to help the homeless families and individuals of Indianapolis. The race offers two distances: a 4.6-mile race and a 2.75-mile race. Whether you're running your first Drumstick Dash or you've taken part in every race since 2003, Custom Training Plans can help you get prepared for the event. We work with professional trainers to create customized Drumstick Dash training plans that take both the race route and distance as well as your current fitness level into consideration.

Drumstick Dash Training Plan

The races begin on Broad Ripple Avenue in front of Broad Ripple School. Both the 4.6-mile race and the 2.75-mile race start together, and the entire route is lined with entertainment, support, and cheering friends and family. A Custom Training Plans Drumstick Dash training plan can help all runners get ready to conquer this flat, fast course. Our Drumstick Dash training schedules include strength training and cross-training workouts to build the strength, power, and endurance you’ll need to line up with confidence. Plus, each workout is adjusted to the right intensity for you, helping to avoid injury and burnout during race prep.

When you choose Custom Training Plans, you get a training program that builds full-body strength. CTP’s training plans are developed alongside professional trainers to ensure your workouts help you reach for your goals, whether you want to crush last year’s PR in the 4.6-mile race or make it from the start of the 2.75-mile race to the finish without walking. When you’re ready to get started with a Drumstick Dash training program that’s tailored to fit you, trust Custom Training Plans.

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