Summer Marathon Training

Cross the finish line with CARA.

If your goal or dream is to complete the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9th, or another fall marathon, we can help you make it happen. Our popular, 18-week program designed by Runner’s World Contributing Editor Hal Higdon starts on Saturday, June 11 and will prepare you to successfully and safely cross the finish line.  

There are many exciting benefits of training with CARA this summer. 

  • Kick off the training program with the not-to-be missed Super Clinic which includes informative workshops lead by running industry experts. 
  • A limited edition CARA technical shirt. 
  • Weekend long runs will be led by friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced CARA Group Leaders - we have plenty at each 30 second pace interval, from 7:00 to 12:00 min/mile! 
  • Best of all, CARA marathon training participants get a FREE entry into our 9th annual Ready to Run 20 Miler on September 18, 2016. 

Since its start in 1989, CARA has helped thousands of runners complete the 26.2 mile course of the Chicago Marathon and other fall races. We've helped thousands of aspiring marathoners and seasoned veterans make it to the finish line, and we can help you, too.

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Members $175
Non-Members $215
*Program Alumni $130
**Program Alumni (5 or more) $80

*To qualify for the alumni rate, you must have participated in Summer Marathon Training Program in the past and have an active CARA membership.

**To qualify for the alumni rate, you must have participated in 5 or more Summer Marathon Training Programs in the past and have an active CARA membership.

(Please note: Registration for your fall marathon is separate.)

Interested in being a Group Leader?  Read more HERE.

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