Registration now open!
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.
12-week training plan with four options (Novice, Novice II, Advanced, and Run/Walk)
Training guide and weekly education newsletters
New! - Video guided half marathon tailored strength training plan
Rush Physical Therapy Injury Hotline
Access to a private STRAVA group for program participants
F^3 Lake Half Marathon
Program Fees & Registration
Virtual Training: $80
Save 15% - 2021 & 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 virtual winter half marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.
FAQ / Policies
Is there a packet pick-up?
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.
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 (October 25, 2021), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I enter the program after the start date?
Is there a CARA member discount?
How old do I need to be to participate?
There is no age minimum for virtual programs.
May I participate in group runs?
No, virtual program participants do not have access to training program group runs.
Do I receive a shirt or apparel item?
No, the virtual program does not include a shirt or apparel item.