Shamrock Shuffle Training Plans

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Shamrock Shuffle
Training Plans

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


The Shamrock Shuffle has marked the start of the Chicagoland racing season since its first running in 1980. The race is held near St. Patrick's Day in late March, but you can start your Shamrock Shuffle training plan today. Custom Training Plans has created personalized Shamrock Shuffle training schedules for runners at all levels. At 8K, you'll want to train for the Shamrock Shuffle in a different way than you might for a 5K or 10K. Custom Training Plans worked with professional trainers to build a customizable Shamrock Shuffle training plan focused on building cardiovascular fitness. Following a complete training plan that focuses on all-around fitness can help you avoid overtraining injuries as race day nears.

Shamrock Shuffle Training Plan

The Shamrock Shuffle starts in Millennium Park. Runners who have taken part in the Chicago Marathon festivities will recognize the start line – the location is also used by the Shamrock Shuffle. Upon departing, the race runs under the Columbus Drive Tunnel and then over the Chicago River. The route crosses back again on State Street and continues south to the campus of Depaul University. There, the route turns toward the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and City Hall. Runners reach the 5K mark shortly after they turn onto Franklin Street, leaving just 3K to go. The race then heads back toward Grant Park, where the course skirts the park’s western border on Michigan Avenue. The race finishes in the park after climbing “Mount Roosevelt,” the course’s only notable elevation change. CTP’s Shamrock Shuffle training plans help you prepare for course features like these, adding hill repeats and intervals to help increase power and endurance.

Our 12-week Shamrock Shuffle training plan can help you feel ready to line up at Millennium Park. Using a training plan as unique as you are can help you reach for your Shamrock Shuffle goals, no matter what they are.

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