Boston Performance Training

Get ready to perform at the Boston Marathon with this 15-Week customized program

Program Dates:

January 1 to April 16, 2018 (15 Weeks, Targets the Boston Marathon)

Meeting Days / Times / Locaitons:

  • Group Long Runs:
    • Saturday's at 7:30 am at Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
    • Note: Boston Performance runners may also join our Winter Marathon Training program runs on Saturday's @ 7:30am at. Waveland (Chicago)
  • Mid-Week Runs / Speed Training:
    • Wednesday's Speed Training @ 6:30pm at NovaCare (Naperville)
      • Note: Workouts will be primarily on residential roads. Bathrooms are available pre-workout inside NovaCare. Boston Performance runners may also join the Winter Marathon program workouts on Wednesday's @ 6:30pm at Wilson Track / Montrose Beach (Chicago)

Program Benefits:

  • 15-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Leah Bohr provides an 15-week training plan customized especially for those training for the Boston Marathon. 
  • Group Training: Group long runs and speed training. Gain support, security and camaraderie with the support CARA, Chicagoland's largest provider of group training programs.  Boston Performance Training Program long runs and speed workouts will occur concurrently with CARA's Winter Marathon Training program offering the potential for additional training partners.
  • Morton Arboretum: Train in one of Chicagoland's most beautiful places and gain the benefits of hilly terrain throughout long runs.
  • Boston Ammenities: Boston Bus, first access to hotel block at Boston Park Plaza and private Boston Gear check.
  • NovaCare Hotline: Gain access to CARA's exclusive 24/7 Injury Hotline with Novacare Physical Therapist ready to support your injury questions.
  • Expertise: A weekly info packed newsletter from CARA Director of Training Coach Bohr.
  • Hydration Support: Hydration stops serving Gatorade Endurance and water during your group runs.
  • SWAG: CARA runners receive a long sleeve Boston Performance Training tech shirt.

Boston Ammenities:CARA's support doesn;t end when you leave for Boston. We'll be there with you from start to finish!

  • Boston Bus: INCLUDED - CARA runners will have a private charter from the Boston Park Plaza to the Athlete's Village in Hopkington where you may remain on the climate controlled bus until your start time.
  • Hotel Room Block: Training program runners have first access to CARA's hotel room block at the Boston Park Plaza.  
  • Private Boston Gear Check: INCLUDED - CARA runners will be able to check a bag at the Athlete's Village on CARA's charter buses. We'll bring these bags back to the Boston Park Plaza post run. The Boston Marathon does not offer start line gear check to participants, so this is a great benefit for CARA runners who want to bring their typical pre-race items with them to the start.
  • Pre-Race Boston Dinner: We'll once again host a pre-race dinner in Boston. Training program runners will get first access to the dinner. Friends and family are welcome to join. Dinner tickets are not included with the training program fee.
  • Post-Race Social: We'll meet up post race in the evening to celebrate our races!




Registration Type


Training Program Registration & CARA Membership (New or Renewal Memberships)*


Training Program Registration (Current Active CARA Member)


Add Morton Arboretrum Annual Pass ($60 value)**

+ $25

Virtual Training Option***



Registration Terms:

  • Program registration does not include entry or registraiton fees for marathon race.
  • *Includes 2018 CARA membership good through 12/31/18.
  • **The Morton Arboretum requires a membership or admission fee to access the area where the training program will occur. A single day access is $14 or a year long membership is $60. CARA has negotiated a discounted rate for membership that can be purchased through the training program. 
  • ***Virtual Training Option includes customized training plan, guarranteed seat on the CARA Boston Bus, weekly training newsletter and long sleeve Boston Performance Trainin tech shirt. Virutal runners will get access to the hotel room block after all full training program participants deadline. Does not include group training access or option for Morton Arboretum membership discount.

Weather Policy:

When hazardous weather is present or probable during a CARA program or event, CARA will communicate related announcements through the front page of (see twitter feed). Or you may receive updates directly on twitter by following @CARAruns or at A twitter account is NOT needed to see announcements. CARA will begin making announcements at least 60 minutes prior to the start of a program or event if there appears to be a potential for changes. Participants are encouraged to consider their individual situations when choosing whether to participate when there is the potential for hazardous weather, even when CARA has chosen to proceed. Given the nature of Chicagoland weather, not all conditions are foreseeable, and program and event coordinators may make changes on-site at programs and events. Please keep in mind that safety will be the primary focus of weather related decisions.

CARA's evaluation will weigh present conditions as well as probable conditions that could be present during and immediately after a program/even

Examples of hazardous weather that changes could result from include, but are not limited to:

* Lightning strikes within 6 miles

* High heat or humidity

* Snow accumulation greater than 12 inches over a 12 hour period

* Icy conditions

* Severe cold of below zero degrees (with wind chill)

* Tornado watch or warning

* Flooding /flash flood warnings

* Extreme winds


Boston Performance Sponsors

Training Program Works

"The Hyde Park marathon training group was an extraordinary introduction to the runners’ world for me. Folks were incredibly kind and supportive. Just a good bunch of people. And the training program works. I managed to finish my first marathon in Indianapolis. You do get through the first ten on race day excitement, the next ten on good training and the last six on being too dumb to quit. You guys get credit for the second ten."
-Kevin McMurtrey


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