5K / Beginning Running

CARA's 5K / Beginning Running Program helps new and returning runners progress into running, enhancing health and wellness. Our program prepares participants to complete a 5K at the end of an 8-week group training program. Four different training options are offered from walkers to runners.


Program Benefits:

  • 8-Week Training Plan (four levels to choose from)

  • 16 Session Group Led Program with Expert CARA Coach

  • Hydration Support (Water / Gatorade Endurance)

  • Technical Running Shirt

  • Weekly Program Newsletter

  • Educational Seminars / Clinics (Saturday's Post-Run)

  • Access to CARA's Six Series Social Runs included!

  • NovaCare Injury Hotline Access!

Dates / Times / Locations:

All locations are in Chicago

Run Details:

* 'Go Run timed-runs is a CARA program providing free timed-runs in local parks. You will have the opportunity to run in these low-key grassroots timed-runs to help prepare you for your goal race. A 1-Mile and 5K run/walk is offered.

** Social Runs will be held in conjunction with CARA's Six Series Social Runs. Enjoy a social run, social time, a free Lagunitas Beer, appetizers and a raffle at each social run.

*** Join us for race day at the PAWS 5K or our coaches can help you choose another 5K of your choice. Race registration fees are not included.

^ Training Runs include four training options based on your level. Saturday's "Training Run & Learn" will include a learning session on beginning running basics.


Registration Type
CARA Members
All-Sessions (Tuesday's and Saturday's)
$94 (Save $5)
Weekend Only (Saturday's Only)
$54 (Save $5)

Registration Fees / Terms:

  • Program registration does not include target race registration. 
  • Weather Policy: Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.