10K Training

If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.

Join a training group, try our online training program, and read the best running and health tips we could find.

The real miracle of training is not that you will have finished a 10k, but that you started! You will surprise yourself by how darn good you are at this running stuff! And how much fun you can have along the way.

Train with a Group!

The Running Spot offers various levels of training ranging from walking, run-walking, running and racing – as the program is open to novice and experienced runners/walkers alike. You will be grouped with others of similar talents and abilities, led by a group of experienced coaches to help prepare and assist you along the way. This program meets twice weekly – Saturday at 8:00 am & Tuesdays at 6:30 pm - and goes through to the Thanksgiving Day Race - Thursday, November 27.

You will receive a month-by-month training schedule through to race-date. If you are unable to make a workout, the schedule helps you keep pace with what the group is doing. Group workouts will involve a blend of speed-training & distance-training, designed to get you ready for the 6.2 mile Thanksgiving Day course. It's not all-work as we make sure to add some fun throughout the training period.

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Train Online!

Run your Best on Race Day with runcoach, the most personalized training service on the web. For just $10 (80% off our regular prices) with registration, runcoach's patented workout engine will design the perfect plan for you. Whether you are a first-time participant, seeking a new PR, or somewhere in the middle — runcoach will help you race your best with these benefits:

  • Optimal training program based on race time goals, running background, current fitness level and much more
  • 100% adjustable and adapts to your changing goals and circumstances throughout your training season
  • Increase your race time by 7%

Track your progress, and watch the interactive schedule adjust to you. Have your schedule emailed to you, and log results via the iPhone app.

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Unlike that horrible high school history, the Thanksgiving Day Race history is outrageously fun. We highly recommend that your training program include some reading!

From the event's first step in 1908 with a few men in skippy shorts, to the misstep in 1924 when the whole race came to a complete halt for a passing streetcar, to the first women's step in 1970, to an Olympic step—four runners became Olympians, to a heroic step when a 16 year old saved a man's life at mile 5.

There are over 100 fast stories compiled by our race historian and turkey day runner himself, Jim Pleshinger.

Step Here & Step Right Into History

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