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From beginners to experienced runners, our programs provide you with everything you need to achieve your running and fitness goals. Learn how to get started running, how to prepare for races, how to put new twists into your workouts and how to maximize your performance.

Upcoming Training Programs

Beginning Running, 5K, 10K Training (Evanston) - Begins Arpil 10

Get in shape, lace up and join the movement! Register today for Beginnning Running, 5K, 10K Training in Evanston! This eight-week program is a great introduction to the sport for new runners and those looking to improve their endurance. This program features FOUR levels of training, including two run/walk groups, so there's something to meet the abilities of most novice runners! Take the first step to a healthier you! Click here to learn more.

Summer Half Marathon Training - First Long Run is May 3

Dream it... Believe it... Train it... Achieve it! Own the half marathon this summer!

Give us 12 weeks and we'll give you a great half marathon! The CARA Summer Half Marathon Training Program prepares you for race day. Just start out at four-miles and gradually build your way to the half marathon distance. Our expert pace group leaders and certified coaches will give you the tools you need to succeed. Click here to learn more about the program and what you get when you register!

This program targets a mid-summer half marathon, like the Rock 'n' Roll Half. It can also be combined with our Chicago Half Marathon program for runners looking to do BOTH races this summer!

Summer Marathon Training - First Long Run is June 14

Make sure you have everything you need to run your fall marathon!

  • Experienced, friendly pace group leaders
  • Expert coaching from a USATF coach
  • Multiple weekly group training opportunities, including coached speed workout
  • Fully supported weekend long runs (no carrying hydration!)
  • A training site near you (11 sites in the city and suburbs!)
  • 18-week, day-by-day training plan provided on paper and via Training Peaks
  • Free entry into the Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler
  • Room block for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • VIP Marathon Experience: Exclusive runner hospitality at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Discounted entry fees on tons of nearby fall marathons

Join Summer Marathon Training with CARA and join the 30,000 runners who’ve trusted us with their training!

Chicago Half Marathon Training - First Long Run is June 22

Challenge yourself. Run farther or faster. Own the half marathon this summer.

If you can run four miles, you can do a half marathon and CARA can help! It’s true!  Join our Chicago Half Marathon Training program and receive:

  • Your personalized, day-by-day training plan for 12-weeks leading up to race day.
  • A group at YOUR pace! (Pace Groups from 7:30/mile to 12:00/mile, including Run/Walk)
  • Coaching from a USATF Certified Coach and Boston Qualifier.
  • Three weekly opportunities to run with your new training partners, including coached speed workouts.
  • Savings on the Chicago Half Marathon.

Your first long run is Sunday, June 22. Register today !

Lagunitas Six Summer Nights - Starts July 8

We've been taken over by beer! CARA's bar-hopping series, the Six Summer Nights Series is back and better than ever with Lagunitas Brewing Company. The Lagunitas Six Summer Nights is a great way to get in some mid-week miles and enjoy a lovely mid-summer's night! We'll meet for six weeks, visit six bars and go on six runs. Plus, you might win big in our famous raffle. You've gotta play to win, so get registered today!

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    CARA website photos courtesy of Chad Marek,, copyright 2007.