Training Tips & Guidelines

Tips to enhance your opportunity for success before entering the program

We recommend the following three requirements prior to entering the program:

  • You have been running consistently for at least one year
  • You are running at least 18 miles per week on a regular basis
  • You have completed one run of six miles or more within the previous month

The first training run is 6 miles for beginning marathoners, 8 miles for intermediate, 10 miles for advanced participants. The longest run for the novice program is twenty miles, which occurs at week 15.

Interactive Training
Training with a group is always a helpful way to start or maintain your new or current running program.  For additional coaching along the way, contact CARA Director of Training Leah Bohr at

Pace Groups
A variety of pace groups will be available, and each one is headed by a pace Group Leader. These pace Group Leaders are experienced marathoners. They are there to lead you along the course, provide support, and answer questions you have to the best of their ability.

The number of pace groups may vary by site, but generally range from 7:00 per mile up to 12:00 minutes per mile. Run / Walk paces are also available at some sites from 10:30 to 12:00 average pace. Don't worry – we will provide you with guidelines to help you determine which pace is right for you, and you can switch pace groups if you decide you want to run faster or slower.

Flexible Training Sites
When you register, you will be asked to select a preferred weekend training run site. However, you may run at any site during the program. Details on the meeting location for each site will be provided in your Participant Information Guide which e-mailed to you prior to training. 

By and For Runners

"CARA is by runners, for runners. It's a great community and has great training programs."
-Lusa V.