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Boston Performance Training

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Dates

June 7 to October 11, 2021

  • Saturday/Sunday - Long Runs

  • Wednesday - Track Workouts

Description

Group training program with a customized training plan for the marathon in Boston.

Locations

Chicago (Downtown, Montrose Beach, Lincoln Park), Darien, Libertyville, Niles, Oak Forest, Schaumburg, Wheaton

Overview

With marathon day in Boston moving to the fall, this summer runners can enjoy CARA's "Power of the Group" even more with access to group training runs that are part of CARA's Summer Marathon Training Program, as well as a customized Boston Performance training schedule from Head Coach Tim Bradley. A virtual option is also available for runners not training with the group, but looking for the support of Coach Bradley's coaching.

With CARA group training, runners enjoy the support, community, and accountability you need to successfully reach your goals.

Program Details

Group Program Benefits:

  • 18-week customized training plan from CARA Head Coach Tim Bradley, based on your individual goals, mileage, and paces.

  • Training guide and weekly education newsletters

  • Video guided marathon tailored strength training plan

  • Access to all CARA Summer Marathon Program group training runs, including:

    • Group training long Runs (Saturday & Sunday options) led by group leaders for 7:30 to 11:30 pace/per mile run, and 12:00 to 13:00 pace/per mile run/walk (paces may vary by location)

    • Coach led track workouts (Wednesday's)

  • Hydration support at training runs, including water and Gatorade Endurance

  • Ready to Run 20 Miler entry included (three weeks prior to marathon day)

  • RushPT Injury Hotline

  • CARA Training Tech Tank and Ready to Run 20 Miler Finishers Shirt

  • Access to CARA's hotel block at the Boston Park Plaza (first come, first serve)

Virtual Program Benefits:

  • 18-week customized training plan from CARA Head Coach Tim Bradley, based on your individual goals, mileage, and paces.

  • Training guide and weekly education newsletters

  • Video guided marathon tailored strength training plan

  • RushPT Injury Hotline

  • Access to CARA's hotel block at the Boston Park Plaza (first come, first serve)

Note: There are no in-Boston amenities in 2021. The BAA is not offering clubs the opportunity to host club buses this fall.

Group Long Run Locations

CARA training group long runs are offered at locations throughout the city and suburbs. Participants have access to all locations through the season and are not restricted to only their primary registration choice. (Click location maps for google map)

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Chicago - Downtown

Monroe Harbor

Saturday's 6:00 a.m.

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Chicago - Lincoln Park

Diversey Harbor

Saturday's 6:00 a.m.

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Chicago - Montrose

Montrose Beach

Saturday's 6:00 a.m.

Saturday's 6:30 a.m.

Sunday's 6:30 a.m.

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Darien

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Saturday's 7:00 a.m.

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Libertyville

Old School Forest Preserve

Saturday's 6:45 a.m.

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Niles

Bunker Hill Forest Preserve

Saturday's 7:00 a.m.

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Oak Forest

Yankee Woods

Saturday's 6:50 a.m.

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Schaumburg

Busse Woods Forest Preserve

Saturday's 6:30 a.m.

Wheaton

IL Prarie Path  / Mariano's

Saturday's 6:15 a.m.

Group Track Workout Locations

CARA training group track workouts are offered at locations throughout the city and suburbs. Participants have access to all locations through the season.

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Program Fees & Registration

Group Training: $265

  • Save $35 - 2021 CARA Supporter Level Members (Individual, Family, Student)

Virtual Training: $150

  • Save 15% - 2021 CARA Supporter Level Members (Individual, Family, Student)

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Members receive discount by logging in with membership username/password during registration.

 

Online registration payments are subject to a service fee by our registration provider. To avoid online payment fees, send a check for the amount owed to CARA, 1100 W. Cermak Rd. #231, Chicago, IL 60608. Provide full name, e-mail, phone number and note that check is for summer marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.

 

FAQ / Policies

When and where is packet pick-up?


Packet pick-up will be provided at locations throughout the city and suburbs. A packet mailing option will be available during registration. Locations in 2020 included Fleet Feet, Peak Running, Running for Kicks, and Xtra Mile.




Can my packet be mailed?


Yes, you may select packet mailing for a fee during registration. To add packet mailing later, login to your participant account and add option.




What training level is needed to participate?


Boston Performance training plans are for experienced runners, who are BQ performers, or are chasing that goal this fall.




What is the program's weather policy?


We will run/walk rain or shine. However, if there is lightning or other hazardous weather we will cancel or postpone. Our full weather policy and weather alerts are HERE.




Can I cancel my registration?


Participants may choose to voluntarily exit the program by the date two weeks prior to the start date of the program (May 23, 2021). Those who exit may receive a full credit of fees paid towards any single future CARA program or event of any kind of equal or lesser value. Credit valid through the end of the following calendar year. To exit the program, e-mail training@cararuns.org. No refunds will be issued for any reason, including injury, illness, change in availability, or changes to target race.

The program will continue regardless of changes to target race.




Can I enter the program after the start date?


Yes, participants are welcomed to enter the program late. The deadline for registration is 4 weeks prior to the program's end date. Fees are not prorated for late entry.




Is there a CARA member discount?


Yes, a 15% member discount is applicable to CARA Supporter Level members (Individual, Family or Student packages) with an active membership for the program year.

Learn more about CARA Supporter Level member benefits and join/renew HERE.




How old do I need to be to participate?


Runners must be 18 years or older to participate in group training.




May I run with a pet at training runs?


No, participants may not run with pets at training runs.




May I run with a stroller at training runs?


No, participants may not run with strollers at training runs?




Can I participate at multiple locations and with multiple pace groups?


Yes, during registration participants are asked to select a training location and training pace group. However, participants may participate at and or visit any site and with any pace group. No notification to CARA is needed to change locations or pace groups.





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COVID-19 Safety

Participation expectations are as follows:

  • Participants are expected to wear a mask or face covering when gathering pre- or post-run until they are two weeks post full vaccination for COVID19. Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated participants are not required to wear a mask or face covering while gathering pre or post-run.

  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you are unvaccinated and have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19.

  • Persons from high-risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.

  • Participants are encouraged to avoid traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.), as well as close group gathering (group pictures, etc.).

  • Do not spit or blow nose while running in the group.

  • Do not share personal items, such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.

  • Participants may be required to exit programs/events temporarily or permanently should their actions not meet expectations and or they are creating risk for themselves or others.