Flying Pig Marathon Training Plans

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Flying Pig Marathon
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Flying Pig 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 Flying Pig 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.


For over 20 years, the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, OH, has been run on the first weekend of May. Today, the event welcomes over 30,000 runners to the Flying Pig 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon. If one race isn't enough for you, there are additional challenges available. Avid runners can opt into the 3-Way Challenge (the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon) or the 4-Way Challenge (the 5K, 10K, and Marathon) for even more mileage. If you're preparing for one (or more!) of these races, consider using Custom Training Plans. We've created options for every distance: Flying Pig 5K training plans, Flying Pig 10K training plans, Flying Pig Half Marathon training plans, and Flying Pig Marathon training plans. Each race-specific program is customized to suit your present level of fitness to help you train smarter, not harder.

Flying Pig Marathon Training Plan

The Flying Pig Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K courses travel through two states (Ohio and Kentucky). The 5K course presents little elevation change and is the only one that stays entirely in Ohio. It gives runners a mini-tour of the downtown area with several Ohio sports landmarks along the way. The route begins in the shadow of the Paul Brown Stadium and turns downtown, making a loop past the Taft Art Museum as it heads toward the river. The 5K route drops down onto Pete Rose Way, taking the pack past the remains of the old Riverfront Stadium and its successor, Great American Ballpark, before arriving at the finish line at Riverfront Park.

The Flying Pig 10K is run later the same day, and along with the additional length, its course gains a few rolling hills. After leaving Paul Brown Stadium, the 10K route makes a lazy loop away from downtown to send runners over the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge into Kentucky, where the route follows Fourth Street over the Licking River near the Rowing Club. The 10K race hits its halfway point just before crossing over the Taylor Southgate Bridge back into Ohio to follow Pete Rose Way along the riverfront to the finish line.

All of the Flying Pig events are welcoming to beginners, and the 5K and 10K are a great place to start. Whether you’re brand new to running, lacing up your shoes after an absence, or you’re just seeking the next challenge, following a training plan designed to prepare you for the race you’re about to run is key. CTP’s Flying Pig 5K training plans and Flying Pig 10K training plans include customized workouts that build the endurance and strength that can help you reach the finish line.

The Flying Pig Marathon and Half Marathon are run the next day, and both start in front of Paul Brown Stadium. The course stays relatively flat for the first five miles as it winds through downtown, taking a detour into Kentucky before returning to the Ohio side of the river. As the course leaves downtown, it begins a three-mile-long, stair-step-style incline called “The Climb” that rewards runners with a magnificent view from the top. During these miles, the course takes participants through Eden Park past the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Krohn Observatory. As the route reaches the summit of The Climb, the half marathon route diverges from the full marathon. The last few miles of the half marathon course are all downhill, giving this race an especially enjoyable home stretch toward the finish line in Smale Riverfront Park.

The marathon course, on the other hand, continues on to tackle another set of hills. While there are a couple of bigger climbs between miles 8 and 11, none are quite as dramatic as The Climb. The scenic course follows a gentle downhill east to the Mariemont area, where it loops back toward Cincinnati and the finish line at Smale Riverfront Park.

Despite its hilliness, the course is both beginner- and PR-friendly. Cincinnati’s May weather tends to be mild and sunny, with little wind and low humidity, and because the Flying Pig is a midsize event, there are more opportunities for you to use the course’s elevation changes to your advantage. CTP’s 16-week Flying Pig Marathon training plans and 12-week Flying Pig Half Marathon plans include workouts that target the kind of strength you need to run your best race. Pace work helps you stay relaxed and on pace until the race exits the hills, and hill repeats can help you to build the power you need to climb the hills with confidence. We also offer couch-to-marathon and half marathon training plans that include four to eight weeks of pre-conditioning to help you prepare for training.

No matter which distance – or distances – you’re getting ready to run, choose Custom Training Plans. Our Flying Pig Marathon training plans are developed by professionals to provide you with a safe and effective way to train for your Flying Pig 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 Flying Pig Marathon plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Flying Pig Marathon training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Flying Pig 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.