Boston Marathon Program

starts December 14th

If you are preparing to run the 2020 Boston Marathon, came close to qualifying and/or want to qualify for Boston 2021, this group is for you. Train with us to prepare to qualify for the race or further improve your marathon time. Prerequisites for the program are outlined below.

The Charm City Run Boston Marathon Training Programs are targeted towards runners who have a realistic goal of qualifying for the 2020 Boston Marathon and/or runners who may have already qualified for the Boston Marathon and are interested in bettering their marathon time. 


In order to participate in a Boston Marathon training program, you must meet at least one of the first two criteria and be willing to adhere to the third.  These criteria include:

1. Have completed a marathon within the last 18 months and recorded a time within 20 minutes of your Boston Marathon qualifying time. For instance, if you are an 18-34 year old male, your qualifying time is a 3:00.  In order to qualifying for this training program, you will need to have run a 3:20 or faster within the last 18 months. Click here for qualifying times.

2. Run one or more half marathons within the last 12 months and recorded a time that if you double your time and add 15 minutes, will equal a Boston qualifying time.  For instance, for an 18-34 year old male, you would have to run a half marathon in 1:22:30 or faster within the last 12 months

3. You have to be willing and able to run 12 miles at a time on day one of the training and you have to be willing to run 5 or more days a week and 55 or more miles per week.

where we run

Our Boston Marathon Training program rotates practice locations. Tuesday nights will be at the Carver Center Track in Baltimore County. Saturday runs will rotate between Charm City Run Bel Air, Charm City Run Timonium, Charm City Run Locust Point, the NCR Trail and the Loch Raven Reservoir.

Boston Marathon Training

train to run boston 2020!

Boston Marathon Training starts December 14th and targets the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20th or any other marathon in the same time frame.


2020 Boston Marathon Training
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Training Dates & Times

Info Sessions:

  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30pm at Charm City Run Timonium

First Run:

  • Saturday, December 14th at 7:30am at Charm City Run Timonium

Training Runs:

  • Tuesdays at 6:30pm

  • Saturdays at 7:30am

Coach: Jeff Burger

What to Expect

  • Supported group runs and workouts twice a week with planned routes, refreshments and companionship. Every Tuesday evening, we will do intervals at a local track and every Saturday we will meet for long runs.

  • A personalized training program with suggested paces for every run, including easy runs, tempo runs, intervals, and long runs.

  • Weekly emails from the coaches with important runs for the week and any other important information – i.e. in store events, seminars, etc.

  • Access to expert coaching services and advice.

  • Logo training premium.

  • Gait analysis with footwear recommendations.

  • 10% store discount at Charm City Run.

  • Advice from Charm City Run staff regarding apparel, running form, strength training, nutrition, race strategy, pacing, and more.

Sign up for an info Session

Want to learn more about our next Boston Training program? Sign up for the info session on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30pm at Charm City Run Timonium. Come with your questions!

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Word on the Street

“Running with Charm City - and specifically Coach Jeff Burger - has helped me tap into my potential as a runner. I started running four years ago to challenge myself with something new and now running has become a big part of who I am. I've worked with Jeff for over three years and he's pushed me to continue to improve as a runner - getting me to run faster and better. He's very knowledgeable about training and racing - I've also gained a deep understanding about training principles and approaches from Jeff that helps me enjoy the process as much as the outcomes.

- David Sheehy started running at 49 and has raced 3 marathons (including 2 BQs), 12 half-marathons and one trail ultra-marathon.

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"I decided to enroll in Boston training group two months after my first marathon with a time of 3:59. From the first meeting with coach Jeff I understood that it is going to be a tough program. He adopted and modified very effective training methodology with strong scientific foundation. Jeff is also very good at building the team and making this very hard work enjoyable. We all had a lot of fun during this rough winter course. Although a Boston qualifying time was absolutely unreal for me from the beginning, I almost made it at WMRT marathon with the time 3:29:45. The program definitely works. Dropping almost 30 minutes would not be possible without such great training and Jeff's coaching."

- Alex Lituev, Boston Qualifier Program Runner


“Before I started training with Jeff and Charm City Run, I was a motivated, relatively competitive runner, but I lacked important knowledge about marathon training and nutrition. After joining the Charm City Run Boston group, I learned about varying your paces from run to run, the importance of rest days and strength training, how to fuel during long runs and races, and strategies for developing mental fortitude. My running improved dramatically, and I was able to drop 40 minutes from my marathon PR in less than a year. More importantly, I found an amazing community of support in the other runners and coaches at Charm City Run. I have made some of my best friends through this crew that I've shared so many miles with. Thanks to Jeff and Charm City Run for improving not only my running, but my running community!

-Caryn Just, Boston Qualifier Program Runner

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Do you have a question about our Boston Marathon training program? Please email our training director, Kelly Maurer, at so we can reply with more information.

Brooks is the proud sponsor of all Charm City Run training programs.

Brooks is the proud sponsor of all Charm City Run training programs.