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Summer Half Marathon Training

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Dates

TBA 2021

  • Saturday's - Long Runs

  • Wednesday's - Track Workouts

Description

Group training targeting the Chicago Half-Marathon, and other summer races.

Locations

Chicago and Darien

Overview

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Program Details

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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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Darien

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Saturday's 7:00 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: $160

  • Save 15% ($24 Discount) - 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 summer half-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. Dates and locations TBA




Can my packet be mailed?


Yes, you may select packet mailing for a fee during registration. Or, after regristration, packet mailing can be added at https://www.cararuns.info/product-page/packet-mailing-fee.




What training level is needed to participate?


CARA has a proven record of serving beginning runners, and long-time runners alike. Before starting our Novice Plan, we recommend that you can complete 3-4 runs per week, including at least one run of 4 miles at a pace of at least 13 minutes per mile. A 6-week pre-season training guide will be provided to assist in your preparations for the beginning of the training program.




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. 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 4 weeks prior to the program's end date. Fees are not prorated for late entry.




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.




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?




Are there discounts for charity runners?


Yes. Members of CARA's charity team receive free training through CARA when fundraising for the target race or other pre-approved race. CARA's charity team leader will provide a special discount code to team members. Learn more HERE. CARA partners with nearly 50 different local and national charities. Members of any charity team should contact their charity's team leader to see if their charity has partnered with CARA to receive free or discounted training program fees and if so, to receive instruction to register for free or discounted training rates. As part of our mission, CARA provides over $65,000 in subsidized training for charity team runners each year. A special discount code is needed for charity team discounts.





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Volunteer

CARA training programs rely on dedicated volunteer site coordinators, group leaders, and coaches to support program participants, and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

 

Site coordinators are recruited from experienced program group leaders. Those interested in becoming a site coordinator now, or in the future as openings are available, should contact CARA Director of Training Tim Bradley (tim@cararuns.org).

Group leaders are the backbone of CARA training programs. Group leaders keep runners safe, organized, on-pace, and motivated during training runs. Those interested becoming a group leader can learn more HERE.

Coaches are needed to support CARA track workouts. Experienced coaches may be tabbed with leading a workout, where others can assist with workout organization and timing while learning. Those interested in becoming a coach or assistant coach should contact CARA Director of Training Tim Bradley (tim@cararuns.org).​

Hydration volunteers are needed to support hydration stations at training locations. Volunteers may volunteer for a single date, or a season. Interested volunteers should e-mail jillian@cararuns.org.

 

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 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.

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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