Memphis Marathon Training Plans

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Memphis Marathon
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Memphis 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 Memphis 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.


In 1982, just over 100 people finished the first edition of the Memphis Marathon. Since then, the race has grown into one of Memphis's largest single-day sporting events each year. The event now presents a half marathon, a 10K race, and a 5K race on the first Saturday of December each year. Today, over 25,000 runners come together to support St. Jude's Children's Hospital. If you want to put your best foot forward on race day, Custom Training Plans can help. We offer Memphis Marathon training plans, Memphis Half Marathon training plans, Memphis 10K training plans, and Memphis 5K training plans that are designed to build strength gradually, helping you avoid injuries that can be caused by overzealous training.

Memphis Marathon Training Plan

The 5K and 10K races are first on deck, and all runners start together. Runners preparing for these races can get additional support by following a Memphis 5K training plan or a Memphis 10K training plan. These shorter races are a great way to get involved in the Memphis Marathon weekend, and the supportive crowd makes it especially friendly for novice runners who are newer to the racing scene. Both the 5K and 10K courses start and finish outside of AutoZone Park, and both distances feature a detour through the campus of St. Jude’s. Those who are participating in the 10K race enjoy an additional loop that heads south, passing Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River before heading back to the stadium.

An hour after the 5K and 10K begin, the half marathon and marathon runners depart downtown Memphis. The route weaves all around downtown, and racers will visit the banks of the Mississippi River and the historic 19th-century mansions in the Victorian Village neighborhood during the first few miles of the race. Though the race is filled with notable landmarks, most race veterans say that the highlight of the route is passing through the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital campus, where patients and their parents wait to cheer runners on.

Just after mile 11, the half marathon route circles back through downtown to head to the finish line. The marathon course continues on and heads east to Overton Park, where runners will pass the Memphis Zoo as they tour the park’s paths. Once runners exit the park, they’ll skirt the park’s borders before looping back on North Parkway. Right before reaching mile 25, the pack will pass St. Jude’s once more before arriving at the finish line.

Though the 5K and 10K present minimal elevation changes, the half marathon and full marathon courses feature rolling hills throughout the entire course. At Custom Training Plans, our customized programs help you build the type of strength that will support you throughout all of the race’s ups and downs. You’ll take part in running workouts that include hill repeats, sprints, and interval training along with cross-training sessions that are designed to support your cardiovascular strength and endurance. Whether you’re looking for a Memphis Marathon training plan, a Memphis Half Marathon training plan, a Memphis 10K training plan, or a Memphis 5K training plan, trust Custom Training Plans to get you to the start line feeling confident in your preparation.

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