Kristine Nader

"I choose to train with CARA for the accountability and structure, but more importantly the support. My CARA group is like family. We motivate and take care of each other. Days I don’t want to run they are there for me, and I learn something new each time I run with them."

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John Reynolds

"I come back every year because I enjoy the camaraderie of the long run. I’ve met some really terrific individuals on the path, and for this reason alone, I encourage people--my daughter included--to join the CARA training program. The fitness and accomplished goals are almost like extras."

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Shelly Fuerte

"I swore that I would not run another marathon, just stick to half marathons. After the amazing camaraderie of my CARA training group, Team PAWS, and the fantastic spectators of Chicago, I signed up again for 2016. I need the structure of the program and the support of my training group."  

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Dan Padilla

"I trained by myself for the first marathon and didn’t think I would do well with a group... After I ran with the Wheaton group I can’t imagine training on my own again."  

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Stacy Nigrelli

"The greatest challenge is the daily discipline to get out and complete the workouts no matter the weather conditions or demands of life. That is where CARA and Chicago’s terrific running community come in. Training and running with others makes it possible to overcome the challenges. On second thought, this may be CARA’s best training tool."

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Dan Laytin

"My first marathon training was an incredible experience. I never expected that marathon training for me would be a team sport. Supporting others’ training -- and feeling supported -- was the difference between giving up and continuing to train for that first marathon. Since then, the energy of a group of people all training toward a common goal keeps me engaged and excited during marathon season."   

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Christina Trahanas

"From the first day, my pace group leaders, Tera and Susana, along with other members of the Darien site made me feel welcomed and were supportive of my run/walk intervals...The entire group, regardless of pace or experience level was encouraging and supportive, offering advice throughout the training season."

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Albert Miller

"The hardest thing for me was getting up and running in the morning with the Yankee Runners. I’m a night person and didn’t even know there was a 6:00 a.m. much less that I could run at that time."

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Bethany Stripp

"You can absolutely do this. I have never been athletically gifted, and I never expected to be a long distance runner. Your body is capable of far more than you ever imagined. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll reap incredible rewards."

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Bernie Rosenblum

"[After Marathon Training] I became a better manager of my time, both personal and professional. I had a greater appreciation of my surroundings as I ran in the forest preserves of suburban Cook County. I have developed a greater appreciation of nature and I realized that I was able to continue this running even though I was getting older. I feel exhilarated and energized by the running and I am proud I can still do this as I age."

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Cynthia Garcia

"I believe running with friends is the best way to get through a long run. I love the motivation we can give each other...Run with friends. Run with CARA...Be careful though, you might fall in love with marathoning."

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Guy Nickelson

"I am running the Chicago Marathon this fall and anticipate finishing about 40+ minutes faster (90 second/mile) than last year. CARA will definitely help me achieve that goal as the multiple speeds available for training help everyone willing to join and they offer different paces for different skill levels. There are people who I will train with that have already achieved the time I desire and have offered advice."

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Dawn Levine

"I love the discipline of marathon training. Knowing that you must keep to a schedule and you must do these runs, no matter what...Saturday mornings belong to ME. I am a mommy all week long. I do my long runs on Saturday mornings to decompress after a usually crazy week. I can get at least 10 miles in before anyone is even awake."

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George Jasinski

"I’m running the Berlin Marathon. I’m hoping to PR after my last run at the Chicago Marathon last year. The CARA summer program fits the timeline perfectly and will act as a great sendoff to Germany!"

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Meg LoBianco

"I never thought I would be so excited to wake up at 5AM on Saturday mornings to run with CARA, but I found myself quickly looking forward to it last summer. A group of 60 strangers quickly turned into a running family, one that was there for me through not only running, but life. I logged hundreds of miles last summer, but I also saw countless sunrises, laughed more than I thought possible, shared plenty of beers, and most importantly made some unforgettable memories. I’m looking forward to another summer full of sweaty accomplishments and great friends!" 

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Robert Hoffman

"If they are thinking about running a marathon, then get a piece of paper and a pen and write down your goal. Just don’t write 'my goal is to run a marathon.' List your goal and the steps and actions you need to take to achieve that goal. One of the steps should be to join the CARA training program. Once this is written down, keep it by your bed, on the refrigerator door or at your desk. Read this out loud at least once a week."

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Rita Zona

"My husband ran the Chicago Marathon in 2000. I was inspired by the crowd and the sense of accomplishment he felt when he finished. The next year I signed up to run Chicago and train with CARA. I felt like I was completely in over my head. Each night before the training, I had trouble falling asleep, wondering if I could actually finish the mileage the next day. But having the support of the people in my group kept me going."

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Bob McCann

"The [running] club and CARA provided the pace groups, the leadership and advice to get me ready for my first 26.2! I was nervous but folks in the group gave me the confidence to complete my first Marathon in 4 hours and 10 minutes. I was hooked. Ten years later I qualified for Boston. Life is good!"

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