For 2021, the Winter Half Marathon Program has been merged with the Spring Half Marathon Program. A single 18 week program is being conducted.

Virtual: Winter Half Marathon Training




Dec. 28, 2020 to May 1, 2021


Virtual training program targeting the spring marathons.


Virtual - Run anywhere you are! Interested in group training? Go HERE.


Enjoy the support of CARA's popular program where you are to help you successfully reach the finish line.

As Chicago's premier training program, we have helped tens of thousands of runners successfully complete their goals. Whether you're a newcomer or experienced runner, our program provides training plans that meet you where you're at.

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.​

Program Details

Program Benefits

  • 18-week training plan with four options (Novice, Novice II, and Advanced)

  • Additional 6-week pre-season training guide to prepare you for the season

  • Training guide and weekly education newsletters

  • RushPT Injury Hotline

  • Access to a private STRAVA group for program participants


Target Race/s

  • Spring half marathons

  • Training plans available for other fall marathons by request

End of Season Run

CARA training will support you as you train for the target race of your choice, but with so many races being uncertain at this time, CARA will provide training program runners with an end of season timed 13.1-mile run opportunity for you to accomplish the program goal no matter what! 


Each training site will have their own end of season run with an accurate course, course support, medical support, hydration, and timed results. Each training site will complete their end of season run on a separate date to allow for each to receive full-support.

  • Lincoln Park / Diversey Harbor (Chicago) - Saturday, May 1

  • Morton Arboretum (Lisle) - Sunday, May 2

Details may be adjusted as the end of season approaches. CARA reserves the right to combine training groups to a single location for end of season runs if participation levels are at a level where one location would provide the best experience.


Program Fees & Registration

Virtual "Local Option" Training: $105 (Includes End of Season Run)

  • Save 15% - 2021 CARA Supporter Level Members


Virtual "Out-of-Area Option" Training: $80 (Does not include End of Season Run)

  • Save 15% - 2021 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 virtual winter half marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.


FAQ / Policies


Will I need to purchase a ticket to enter the event?

Tickets will not be required to enter the event area. Tickets will only be needed for skating on the ice rink. You will be required to check in to the “Check in CBR” app upon arrival to enter the ice skating space.

What days/nights will there be markets at the festival?

Markets with a range of stalls from local designers and traders will be held on site for the opening weekend (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June) and the following weekend (Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Food stalls will also be present every weekend throughout the event. A smaller range of coffee and snack options will be available everyday throughout the event, both day and night.

When does the event start and finish?

Wintervention starts on Friday 25 June and runs through to Sunday 11 July.

Will there be food and drink available?

A small range of food and beverage options will be available every day throughout the event, with additional food and beverage stalls present during weekends.

How do I get to the event?

There are several ways to get to the event by public transport. To plan your commute, please visit the Transport Canberra website, available here.


There are several parking locations near Civic Square, including:

London Circuit East Parking

London Circuit car park (opposite Mooseheads Nightclub)

Canberra Centre car parks

Are there any public toilets nearby?

Yes, port-a-loos will be available on site. Other public toilets are available at the city bus interchange and inside the Canberra Centre.

Where’s the nearest ATM?

The nearest ATM’s to the event are located in Ainslie Place, just opposite Civic Square. This strip connecting Civic Square to the Canberra Centre offers a range of ATM options.

Is the event and ice rink handicap accessible?

Yes and we will accept companion cards for skating, so just buy 1 ticket to skate and the card holder will be allowed for free.

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 for any in-person activities are 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.