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Boston Performance Training

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Dates

Dec. 27, 2021 to April 18, 2022

  • Saturdays - Long Runs

  • Wednesdays - Speed Workouts

Description

Group training with an individually customized training plan targeting the marathon in Boston.

Locations

Chicago and Lisle

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Overview

The CARA Boston Performance program provides a unique opportunity for participants to not only train with other qualifiers but to also receive a personalized training schedule and field trip training runs. 

 

Participants have the opportunity to train in a group setting and are able to receive coaching and consulting from Sr. Director of Training and CARA Head Coach Tim Bradley. Tim is a Boston qualifier himself and has helped dozens of other athletes train for the race, including sub-3-hour runners and an age-group champion in 2017.  

 

This program will provide you the support, community, and accountability you need to successfully run through the winter and make it to the finish line on Boylston Street!

Program Details

Group Program Benefits:

  • 15-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

  • Group training long runs (Saturdays) 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

  • Coach led speed workouts (Wednesdays)

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

  • Rush Physical Therapy Injury Hotline

  • Custom BOCO CARA winter training hat

  • Access to a private STRAVA group for program participants

  • Access to CARA's hotel block (first come, first serve)

  • CARA Boston Performance Training Packet mailed directly to participants

Virtual Program Benefits:

  • 15-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

  • Rush Physical Therapy Injury Hotline

  • Access to CARA's hotel block (first come, first serve)​

 

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 - Waveland
Waveland Park

Saturdays 7:30 a.m.

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Lisle

Morton Arboretum

Saturdays 7:30 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. Locations marked with (*) use a greenway/trail for workouts.

Boston Bus

Boston Bus is not included in the 2022 Boston Performance Training registration. This amenity is currently not available. There will be a separate registration if the Boston Bus becomes available. More information will be provided as details become available. 

Field Trip Runs

The Boston Performance Training Program will have 3-4 scheduled “field trip” hill runs in Barrington Heights. The group will meet in the parking lot of Barrington High School. Details will be communicated via email.

Saturday, February 19

Saturday, March 5

Saturday, March 26

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Program Fees & Registration

Group Training: $195

Virtual: $100

 

Save 15% - 2021 and 2022 CARA Supporter Level Members

 

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 winter marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.

 

FAQ

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 stroller at training runs?


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




May I run with a pet at training runs?


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




Is there a packet pick-up?


No, there is no packet pick-up for this training program. All CARA Boston Performance Packets (hat & shoe tag) are being mailed directly to Group Training participants.




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.




Is there a CARA member discount?


Yes, a member discount is applicable to CARA Supporter Level members (Individual, Family or Student packages) with an active membership for the program year.
Registrations without a member discount includes a CARA Friend Level membership. Learn more about CARA Supporter Level member benefits HERE.




Can I cancel my registration?


Participants may choose to voluntarily exit the program. Participants who exit the program by the date two weeks prior to the start date of the program, may receive a full credit of fees paid towards any single 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.




Can I enter the program after the start date?


Yes, participants are welcomed to enter the program late. The deadline for registration is March 1, 2022.





COVID-19 Safety

CARA has extensive operational preparedness plans to meet all safety and gathering guidelines provided by state and local authorities. Our plans have been widely accepted and were adopted by the Road Runners Clubs of America as a national framework for a return to group running during COVID-19.

Participation expectations will be as follows:

  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you 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.

  • Do not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.).

  • Do not engage in close group pictures/selfies.

  • Do not spit or blow nose while running in the group. Must be away from others, and at least six feet away from others.

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

  • Participants must wear a mask or face covering while gathering pre- or post-run, and anytime they are within six feet of others. Runners may remove their face cover while running when they can maintain social distance.

  • Participants are expected to self carry personal hydration (bottles/packs), and to use hydration stations for refill only.

  • Participants must abide by local travel quarantine orders should they travel out-of-state during the program.

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