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Virtual: Summer Marathon Training



June 5 to October 8, 2023


Virtual training program targeting the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and other fall marathons


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

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The marathon is challenging, but you can 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 an 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 five options (Novice, Novice II, Intermediate, Advanced, and Run/Walk)

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

  • Video guided marathon tailored strength training plan

  • Training guide and weekly education newsletters

  • Marathon Kick-Off Clinic and Final Miles education resources

  • Ready to Run 20 Miler entry included with "Local Option"

  • Included access to the Marathon VIP Experience on Bank of America Chicago Marathon race day

  • Private toilet access at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon start corrals

  • Rush Physical Therapy Injury Hotline

  • Access to a private online group for program participants


Target Race/s:

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon

  • Training plan adjustments available for other fall marathons by request


Program Fees & Registration

Virtual "Local Option" Training: $150

  • Save 15% - CARA Supporter Level Members


Virtual "Out-of-Area Option" Training: $110

  • Save 15% - 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 summer marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.


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.

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