Training Program

The TCS New York City Marathon Training Program is powered by the dynamic, data-driven platform RunTrix, so simply supply some information about yourself, and you'll receive a tailor-made training regimen customized to your fitness, experience, and lifestyle and designed to get you to the start line healthy and to the finish line in a realistic and achievable goal time.

Other marathon training programs are neither dynamic nor flexible, they don’t cater to your schedule, and they aren’t specific to the TCS New York City Marathon course. Our program uses proprietary insights from the NYRR marathon-finisher database and unique knowledge of marathon courses to help get you and keep you on track.

Sign up for one of three virtual training program tiers—whichever best fits your lifestyle and meets your goals for the TCS New York City Marathon. Available in 20-, 16-, and 12-week programs, including access to a personal NYRR ecoaching option, or an all-inclusive option that offers VIP perks that’ll take your marathon experience to the next level.

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Training Programs

Programs Virtual Trainer Virtual Trainer Plus Virtual Trainer VIP
20-Week Program
(Starts June 17)
N/A $199.99 $999.99
16-Week Program
(Starts July 15)
$49.99 $174.99 $999.99
12-Week Program
(Starts August 12)
$49.99 $149.99 $999.99

Virtual Trainer Tiers

Virtual Trainer
NYRR’s Virtual Trainer is a fully customizable day-by-day training program that adapts to your changing lifestyle and training plans. Simply supply some information about yourself (age, gender, current training schedule, recent racing stats, etc.), and receive a tailor-made, flexible regimen to guide you. The best part? If you need to move your long run and/or rest days during any week, or if your race paces change at any time, Virtual Trainer will automatically adjust your training plan.
Keep on top of your workouts with training plan reminders delivered in daily or weekly emails, expertly prepare with course-specific and race-strategy tips, and stay motivated by becoming part of the NYRR Virtual Trainer Facebook group—where you can engage with other runners experiencing triumphs and challenges en route to the same ultimate goal: crossing any marathon finish line.
Virtual Trainer Plus
With this tier, you’ll have access to all the components of Virtual Trainer, plus you’ll receive direct access to the NYRR coaching staff. The NYRR coaches will review your training plan with you, be available via email throughout the program to answer all your training questions, and provide motivation to help guide you. You can email your coaches for advice on pacing, nutrition, gear, race tactics—or whenever you need some encouragement.
Virtual Trainer VIP
When you choose this program, you’ll receive all the benefits of Virtual Trainer and Virtual Trainer Plus, plus these VIP perks:

  • A seat on one of our VIP buses to the Start (Note: Select the “No transportation” option when you choose your transportation to the start.)
  • Personalized one-on-one ecoaching
  • Access to the VIP tent at the Start, equipped with food and heat
  • Blue Room bib pickup at the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance
  • Easy access to bag check before and after the race
  • Early exit from the finish line
  • Four Grandstand tickets near the finish line*

*All Virtual Trainer VIP tickets will be available for pickup at the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance.

Free Marathon Training Guides

Conservative Guide   |   Moderate Guide   |   Advanced Guide