Winter Pass Training

The Best Winter & Spring Training Value in Chicagoland | Winter Full Marathon | Winter Half Marathon | Spring Half Marathon

November 7 - April 22

Winter Training Kick-off Party: Thursday November 10, 2016 at 6pm at Road Runner Sports.

A Midwest winter or the waning days of spring are no match for you. Whether you need a group to keep you focused through the cold months, or you are training for a half or full marathon, CARA’s new Winter Pass is the best value and most versatile group training program in Chicagoland running.

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Participants of the Winter Pass receive:

  • Weekend group training runs with organized pace groups from 7:00 to 12:00 run/walk. Groups are Group Lead by experienced pace leaders to keep you motivated through the cold!**
  • Discounted registration rates for the F^3 Half Marathon (1/20), Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler (3/17), and the Illinois Marathon and Half Marathon (4/22)
  • Water and Gatorade provided at weekend group runs
  • CARA Training Guide with 24 week training schedule and tips focused on program target races
  • Weekly CARA Training Newsletter with tips and advice tailored around the training program
  • Winter hat
  • And more!

Leaders for every pace are not guaranteed but will be advertised as they become available.

Interested in becoming a group leader? Apply here. (Please note Group Leaders must be active CARA members. If you are not able to access the application please check your member status or e-mail

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Pricing Options 
Members $120

Special Promotional Package for non-members

You will receive the Winter Pass along with a one-year CARA membership which will include multiple benefits as well as the 24-weeks of training.


CARA Member and Non-Member Virtual Training Only


Personal Coaching | This price is in addition to the training program you choose and is for a 3 months time period

Want to make sure you’ll be ready to achieve your very best in your winter or spring race? Personal coaching is also available and includes a plan catered to your needs, mileage, ability and goals as well as weekly email communication and 1 phone call/week.

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Target Races  
Add F^3 Half Marathon to your training purchase +45
Add Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler to your training purchase +45
Add both F^3 Half Marathon and Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler to your training purchase +80
**Registration for the Illinois Half Marathon and Marathon must be completed separately with a special program only discount code