Darien

Jim Murphy

Name: Jim Murphy
Where: Darien
When: 7:00am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 12:00-8:00 (in half minute increments) min/mile

"It is hardly unique to CARA’s Darien site, but there is a very distinct friendly and supportive “vibe” in the group. There is a very good mix of experienced runners, and first-timers, including a large contingent of charity runners."

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Downtown Chicago

Betsy Balgooyen Keller

Name: Betsy Balgooyen Keller
Where: Downtown Chicago
When: 6:00am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 12:00 - 7:30 and one Run/Walk group min/mile

"The downtown group gets to run on some of the least seen parts of the Lakefront Trail. Our groups run all the way to the north and all the way to the south so we have groups that go to Foster and groups that go to the South Shore Cultural Center."

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Libertyville

Bill Pierce

Name: Bill Pierce
Where: Libertyville
When: 6:45am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 11:30-8:30 min/mile. Can make accommodations for 8:00 & 12:00 min/mile

"Our site (Libertyville) awards a Spirit of the Marathon Award at the end of each season. It goes to the individual who most exemplifies the marathon spirit, either by overcoming difficulties, showing incredible character, or just brightening everyone’s day."

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Montrose Beach

Bob Belusko

Name: Bob Belusko
Where: Montrose Beach
When: 6:30am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 11:30-7:30 min/mile

"Every site has a great story behind it. Remember the couple who got married at mile 8 of the Chicago Marathon in 2015? Yeah – they met through me, at CARA!"

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Montrose Beach

Darren DeMatoff

Name: Darren DeMatoff
Where: Montrose Beach
When: 6:30am on Sundays
Mile Paces: 11:30-7:30 min/mile

"I started training with CARA in 1995, when I first had this crazy idea to train for and run a marathon. It didn't take much to get me hooked. And for me, CARA has always been the only game in town."

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Montrose Beach

Tom Moran

Name: Tom Moran
Where: Montrose Beach
When: 6:30am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 11:30-7:30 min/mile

"The Montrose group is always the largest and we were the first CARA training program site. It's where it all began and where it all still happens! I actually met my wife doing the CARA marathon training, so I guess you can say training for the Marathon with CARA really changed my life!"

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Niles

Keith and Beth

Name: Keith and Beth 
Where: Niles 
When: 7:00am on Saturdays 

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Schaumburg

Amanda Kowalski

Name: Amanda Kowalski
Where: Schaumburg
When: 6:45am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 12:00-7:30 min/mile

"I train in Schaumburg/Elk Grove area on the paved trails in scenic Busse Woods. I started with CARA when my mom was battling colon cancer in 2013 and I decided to run the [Chicago] marathon."

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Schaumburg

Jimmy Kowalski

Name: Jimmy Kowalski
Where: Schaumburg
When: 6:45am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 12:00-7:30 min/mile

"Everyone genuinely cares about each other. Many of us run together all year long. We’ve become a family."

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Schaumburg

Moira Herbert

Name: Moira Herbert
Where: Schaumburg
When: 6:45am on Saturdays
Mile Paces: 12:00-7:30 min/mile

"Coming out of my first marathon in 2014, I wanted to give the gift that I had been given [CARA training], to others, to help others achieve a goal that they may have previously thought was unattainable. Hence today, I am an avid CARA advocate and excitedly await the start of summer marathon training!"

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Wheaton

Jim Laubsted

Name: Jim Laubsted
Where: Wheaton
When: 6:45am on Saturdays
Mile Paces:12:00-7:30 min/mile (ever thirty seconds in between). We also have a Run/Walk group.

"I began running in 1972 when I went out for the high school cross-country team. I ran my first marathon in 1978 at the second Chicago Marathon (then called the Mayor Daley Marathon)."

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