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2014 Marathon Training Program

If your goal or dream is to complete the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 12th, or another fall marathon, we can help you make it happen. Our popular, 18-week program designed by Runner’s World Contributing Editor Hal Higdon starts on Saturday, June 14th and will prepare you to successfully and safely cross the finish line. 

There are many exciting benefits of training with CARA this summer.  First, we'll kick off the training program with the not-to-be missed Super Clinic on June 1st which includes informative workshops given by experts in the running industry.  We'll also outfit you with a limited edition CARA technical shirt.  Your weekend long runs will be led by friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced CARA Group Leaders - we have plenty at each 30 second pace interval, from 7:00 to 12:00 min/mile!  And best of all, CARA marathon training participants get a free entry into our 8th annual MagellanReady to Run 20 Miler on September 21st. 

Since its start in 1989, CARA has helped more than 25,000 runners complete the 26.2 mile course of the Chicago Marathon and other fall races. We've helped thousands of aspiring marathoners and seasoned veterans make it to the finish line, and we can help you, too.

(Please note: Registration for your fall marathon is separate.)

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