Ready to Run 20 Miler

Will you be ready to face the ultimate challenge this fall?

Date: September 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 AM

Location: Start at Wilson Parking Lot (Intersection of Wilson and Simmonds Dr) / Finish at Jackson Park (Intersection of Lake Shore and Hayes Dr)

Distance 20 Miles

On September 17, 2017, join us as we run the Lakefront Trail for the best Chicagoland 20 mile training run. This fully supported 20-miler is the ultimate way to successfully complete your marathon training 20 miler. You will have the support of thousands of other runners and you won't be running loops to complete your pre-marathon 20-miler. We have an excellent point-to-point course for runners, complete with post-run transportation back to the start. Also included in this great event day experience:

  • Pace leaders and pace groups for run paces 7:00 to 12:00 minutes and Run / Walk paces 10:30 to 12:00 minutes
  • Nine on-course aid stations. (We have added one additional on-course station for 2017!)
  • Gear check with gear transported from start to finish
  • Exclusive finisher's shirt to all runners who complete the Ready to Run 20 Miler
  • Finish Line Party to celebrate your last long run before the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or your Fall Marathon
  • Free post race shuttle stopping downtown and back at the start line
  • Post-event stretching and injury analysis with NovaCare Rehabilitation
  • Complimentary post-race snacks and drinks, including Lagunitas Beer!


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Fee TypeGeneral Public CARA MembersTraining Program* Dates / Deadlines
Early Registration $60 $50 $0 - Learn More Until Aug. 6
Regular Registration $70 $60 $0 - Learn More Aug. 7 - Sept. 8
Late Registration $80 $70 $70 Sept. 9 - Sept. 16


(Waived registration for CARA Summer Marathon Training Program participants is not yet open. Look for instruction after the program start in June.)
(Deadline for dates above end at 11:59pm)
(Additional credit card service fees of 6.5% will be charged for all online registrations / A printable form will be available soon for those wishing to pay by check)

*Training Program: Participaiton is free for 2017 CARA Summer Marathon Training Program participants who register by September 9th. Program partcipants must register to participate. Ready to Run registration for training program participants is not yet open. 



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The Ready to Run 20 Miler is the perfect test for your marathon. Finish the Ready to Run 20 Miler and get this finisher shirt to show you are marathon ready!

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