Before you get to the finish, you've got to first prepare yourself to get to the start line.

Embrace your pace

The 10K distance is very popular with beginner runners, especially those who have done a 5K race but don’t feel they’re quite ready to take on the half-marathon. As a test of both speed and endurance, this distance combines the best aspects of the 5K and the marathon.

Keep in mind, of course, that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all training program. While the 10K training schedules offered here are solid and dependable, you should feel free to tinker with them and make them your own.

Training Plans

Race day is almost here which means it’s time to set some goals, stick to a plan, and execute it on Charlotte’s biggest stage! We’ve worked with Forward Motion CLT (from the runCLTrun family) to confidently get you to start line this year. Check out our options and then download, print, and stick that sucker on your fridge tonight!

Beginner Plan

Advanced Plan

Pace Team

We’ve teamed up with runCLTrun and the Charlotte Running Club to create a pacing team to get you to the finish line whether it’s your first 10K or your going for a new PR! We will have pacers for:

45 Minutes = 7:14 min/mi pace
50 Minutes = 8:02 min/mi pace
55 Minutes = 8:51 min/mi pace
60 Minutes = 9:39 min/mi pace
65 Minutes = 10:27 min/mi pace
70 Minutes = 11:15 min/mi pace
75 Minutes = 12:04 min/mi pace
80 Minutes = 12:52 min/mi pace
85 Minutes = 13:45 min/mi pace (Maximum Pace)

Local Training Programs

Charlotte has a lot to offer when it comes to getting you active. Here are a few of the local groups #AroundTheCrown that will help hold you accountable with their meetups and social gatherings!

Forward Motion
Fast Feet Running Club
Fleet Feet Huntersville 10K Training Group
Fleet Feet Fort Mill Running Club
Run For You – Run Far

Training FAQs:

How far is a 10K in miles?

In miles, a 10K race is 6.2 miles long. Just long enough to make it a solid challenge without breaking you down.

How much time do I need to train for a 10K?

The training period you will need for a 10K race depends on numerous factors, including your current fitness level, your running experience, and your goals for the race. Our plans have you set to complete our race after 10 weeks of training.

What advice would you give a new runner?

Don’t do too much too soon. Don’t feel like you have to go out and start running every single day. Build up your runs at your own pace. Let the training do its job.