Coaches

CARA coaches are the best running experts in Chicagoland!

Leah Bohr

Leah comes to CARA from DePaul University, where she was the Cross Country and Track & Field Coach for the programs primary distance running coach.  She brings tremendous experience from her success career as a NCAA Division I coach within the Big East Conference where she worked some of the best distance runners and coaches in the country.

Leah is from St. Charles, ran in high school and then at DePaul University,  where she earned Academic All-American and Conference USA All-Conference honors during her senior season. She still very proudly holds the DePaul school records in both the indoor mile (4:46) and the outdoor 1500m (4:28).

 Leah approaches coaching in a fun and enthusiastic manner with a strong passion for running and helping athletes improve at all levels.  As a coach, she was able to establish strong relationships with her athletes and helped them to grow as both runners and people.

Tom Cuffe

Coach Tom Cuffe comes to CARA with an incredible wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience as a top flight competitor, coach and leader. His 44 years in the sport of distance running encompasses all levels of athletic competition and training including coaching road racers from the 5k to the marathon to age group championships, national titles and personal best performances. In addition, he has guided high school, collegiate and elite athletes to the highest pinnacles of success nationally. Coach Cuffe is a proven winner in producing results and motivating his athletes to go to the top of the mountain!

Tom has had an All-American running career both on the track as well as on the roads. He has studied the science of running with some of the best exercise physiologists from around the world and is in high demand to speak on the lecture circuit and at summer running camps on all facets of running and motivation. Coach Cuffe is now extremely excited to turn his laser focus towards sharing his expertise and experience with road runners to guide and mentor them to chase their goals and attain athletic success and satisfaction in their training and racing.

Bill Leach

Coach Bill Leach has 42 years of coaching experience in Inter-Collegiate Track and Field, Cross Country and Running and Performance Enhancement for athletes of all levels. Coach Leach has served as the Head Coach of Track and Field and Cross Country at four universities. He has coached 36 athletes to All-American Track and Field and Cross Country honors and several athletes to Olympic team status.

Coach Leach is currently serving the running community in Chicago via leadership of Individualized Training Programs for runners preparing for races from 5 K to Full Marathons. He also leads Gait Analysis, Peak Performance Training and Speed Training for CARA. Many Chicago runners utilize Coach Leach for their preparation for local and national distance racing events.

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