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From beginners to experienced runners, our programs provide you with everything you need to achieve your running and fitness goals. Learn how to get started running, how to prepare for races, how to put new twists into your workouts and how to maximize your performance.

Upcoming Training Programs

Summer Marathon Training - Ongoing

Make sure you have everything you need to run your fall marathon!

  • Experienced, friendly pace group leaders
  • Expert coaching from a USATF coach
  • Multiple weekly group training opportunities, including coached speed workout
  • Fully supported weekend long runs (no carrying hydration!)
  • A training site near you (11 sites in the city and suburbs!)
  • 18-week, day-by-day training plan provided on paper and via Training Peaks
  • Free entry into the Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler
  • Room block for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • VIP Marathon Experience: Exclusive runner hospitality at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Discounted entry fees on tons of nearby fall marathons

Training began in June, but it's never too late to join Summer Marathon Training! Make sure you're ready for race day!

Lagunitas Six Summer Nights - Starts July 8

We've been taken over by beer! CARA's bar-hopping series, the Six Summer Nights Series is back and better than ever with Lagunitas Brewing Company. The Lagunitas Six Summer Nights is a great way to get in some mid-week miles and enjoy a lovely mid-summer's night! We'll meet for six weeks, visit six bars and go on six runs. Plus, you might win big in our famous raffle. You've gotta play to win, so get registered today!

Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler - Sunday, September 21

Make sure you're ready for your fall marathon at Chicagoland's premiere 20 mile training run! Join us as we take on the ENTIRE lakefront path. You'll run from the Wilson area, all the way south to the finish in Jackson Park. The miles will tick by as you enjoy the scenic lakefront and keep in step with your motivating pace group leaders. Finishers enjoy a post-run party complete with Lagunitas Runners High-P-A and stretching, courtesy of NovaCare Rehabilitation. Plus, you'll walk away in a one-of-a-kind finisher's shirt! Click here to learn more.

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