Group Leading

CARA group leaders are able to make a significant impact on the runners they lead as they work towards their personal goals.

Group leaders have three primary responsibilities: 

 

  • Keep Runners Safe & Organized

  • Accurately Pace their Group

  • Promote a Positive Experience

Group Leader Expectations

  • Group leaders should have a background in racing the distance they plan to lead and be comfortable running the pace they plan on leading. Past experience as a participant in CARA training is preferred.

  • Group leaders should have a positive attitude, be encouraging, and be ready to lead in a way that promotes a positive experience for program participants.

  • Group leaders will be asked to complete a group leader training session (virtual / video).

  • Group leaders must commit to consistent attendance and avoiding absences through all weeks of training. A maximum of three absences is allowed during an 18-week program, or two during a 12-week program. Additionally, for the Summer Marathon Training Program, group leaders are expected to serve as pacers at the Ready to Run 20 Miler (held the Sunday three weeks prior to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon).

  • Group leaders are required to hold an active CARA Supporter membership for the year of the program being led.

  • Follow the CARA training plan when leading their group. Ensure that the novice option is always available and led.

  • Encourage participants to take part in training program events (Ready to Run 20 Miler and Marathon VIP). Group leaders should not organize or promote conflicting events or discourage runners from taking part in the full experience of the training program. Summer Marathon group leaders are expected to pace at the Ready to Run 20 Miler.

  • Positively support CARA and stay informed on CARA communications. Group leaders must commit to reading weekly newsletters and communications and helping communicate important information to participants.

  • Group leaders must help preserve the integrity of training programs by not allowing unregistered runners to participate in programs.

  • Group leaders may not use their position as a group leader for commercial gain or to promote companies/products. 

Group Leader Roles

Winter Half-Marathon Program

  • Program Dates: Dec. 28, 2020 to May 1, 2021 (program merged with winter program for 2021)

  • Locations: Chicago (Lincoln Park), Lisle

  • Benefits: Waived training program fees, Training Tank, Year-End Gift, CARA Appreciation Party invite.

Winter Marathon Program

  • Program Dates: Dec. 28, 2020 to May 1, 2021 (program merged with winter program for 2021)

  • Locations: Chicago (Lincoln Park), Lisle

  • Benefits: Waived training program fees, Training Tank, Year-End Gift, CARA Appreciation Party invite.

Spring Half-Marathon Program

  • Program Dates: Dec. 28, 2020 to May 1, 2021 (program merged with winter program for 2021)

  • Locations: Chicago (Lincoln Park), Lisle

  • Benefits: Waived training program fees, Training Tank, Year-End Gift, CARA Appreciation Party invite.

Summer Marathon Program

  • Program Dates: June 7 to October 9, 2021

  • Locations: Chicago (Downtown, Lincoln Park, & Montrose), Darien, Libertyville, Niles, Oak Forest, Schaumburg, Wheaton

  • Benefits: Waived training program fees (includes Ready to Run 20 Miler & Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP), Training Tank, 20 Miler finishers shirt, Year-End Gift, CARA Appreciation Party invite, guaranteed entry to 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Questions? E-mail Director of Training Tim Bradley (tim@cararuns.org)

Summer Half-Marathon Program

  • Program Dates: TBA 2021

  • Locations: Chicago (Downtown), Darien

  • Benefits: Waived training program fees, Training Tank, Year-End Gift, CARA Appreciation Party invite.

The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a non-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community. We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer. 

CARA, with over 10,000 members, is the nation’s third-largest running club, serving as the voice of local runners, as well as providing over 1,300 dates of programming and events per year.

 

Proud member of the Road Runners Club of America.

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