Winter Half Marathon Training

Join us on the Lakefront this winter as we prepare for the F3 Half Marathon!

Program Dates:

October 30, 2017 to January 20, 2018 (12 Weeks, Targets the F3 Half Marathon) **First long run will take place on Saturday 11/4

Meeting Days / Times / Locaitons:

  • Group Long Runs:
    • Saturday's @ 7:30am at. Waveland (Chicago)
  • Mid-Week Runs / Speed Training:

Program Benefits:

  • 12-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Leah Bohr provides an 12-week training plan with our traditional novice plan as well as the advanced PR plan option so you can train at the level right for your fitness and lifestyle. You will have confidence knowing your training program is led by CARA coaches who have national certifications and years of proven coaching success long before we bring them into CARA. 
  • Group Training: Group long runs and speed training. Gain support, security and camaraderie with the support CARA, Chicagoland's largest provider of group training programs.  
  • Pacer Led Runs: CARA member pace group leaders who are experienced runners committed to guiding you every step of the way. Weekend long runs will be led by friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced CARA Group Leaders - we offer pacers at each 30 second pace interval, from 7:30 to 12:00 min/mile, plus run/walk paces. 
  • F3 Half Marathon: Discounted entry for the F3 Half Marathon, the program's target race.
  • NovaCare Hotline: Gain access to CARA's exclusive 24/7 Injury Hotline with Novacare Physical Therapist ready to support your injury questions.
  • Expertise: A weekly info packed newsletter from CARA Director of Training Coach Bohr.
  • Hydration Support: Hydration stops serving Gatorade Endurance and water during your group runs.
  • SWAG: CARA runners receive a long sleeve training tech shirt.

VALUE - Winter Pass: Want to run all winter and spring? Sign-up for CARA Winter Half Marathon training, and have an active 2018 membership by the end of the this program and you will receive access FREE to CARA's Winter Marathon and CARA's Spring Half Marathon program runs. You'll be able to request a shoe tag for these additional programs through the training newsletter.




Registration Type


Training Program Registration & CARA Membership (New or Renewal Memberships)*


Training Program Registration (Current Active CARA Member)


Add F3 Half Marathon Entry at Discounted Rate

+ $45


Registration Terms:

  • Program registration does not include entry or registraiton fees for marathon race.
  • *Includes 2018 CARA membership good through 12/31/18.

Group Leaders:

  • Apply to be a group leader. Group leaders must be active CARA members to access the application.

Weather Policy:

When hazardous weather is present or probable during a CARA program or event, CARA will communicate related announcements through the front page of (see twitter feed). Or you may receive updates directly on twitter by following @CARAruns or at A twitter account is NOT needed to see announcements. CARA will begin making announcements at least 60 minutes prior to the start of a program or event if there appears to be a potential for changes. Participants are encouraged to consider their individual situations when choosing whether to participate when there is the potential for hazardous weather, even when CARA has chosen to proceed. Given the nature of Chicagoland weather, not all conditions are foreseeable, and program and event coordinators may make changes on-site at programs and events. Please keep in mind that safety will be the primary focus of weather related decisions.

CARA's evaluation will weigh present conditions as well as probable conditions that could be present during and immediately after a program/even

Examples of hazardous weather that changes could result from include, but are not limited to:

* Lightning strikes within 6 miles

* High heat or humidity

* Snow accumulation greater than 12 inches over a 12 hour period

* Icy conditions

* Severe cold of below zero degrees (with wind chill)

* Tornado watch or warning

* Flooding /flash flood warnings

* Extreme winds