Marathon Training Kick-Off

Join us for this social, informative event to kick off your training and to learn all about CARA’s “Power of the group.”


CARA's Marathon Training Kickoff will get you prepared for the upcoming marathon training season. This event is for runners of all experience levels who will be taking part in the CARA summer marathon training program or those who would like to learn more about the CARA training experience.


CARA Director of Training, Tim Bradley, will get you ready to take on CARA’s popular marathon program. Additional expert presenters will provide education and insight into the marathon-specific topics you need to know to reach the marathon start line healthy and ready to race. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet their training site leaders who will share tips and insights, specific to each training location.


Meet CARA partners, win fun giveaways and meet charity team leaders who can help you learn how to make your miles more meaningful by running for a charity.


June 8 - City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X Campus (1900 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago)


Free Registration


Event Schedule:

  • 1:00 p.m. - Doors Open / Expo Open

  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    • Welcome and Introduction: Greg Hipp, CARA Executive Director

    • Marathon Insider Info: Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Rae Director

    • Overview of CARA Training Plans: Tim Bradley, CARA Director of Training

    • Choosing Your Plan, Training Pace, and Group: Tim Bradley, CARA Director of Training

    • Introduction to Speedwork: Tim Bradley, CARA Director of Training

    • Implementing Cross Training: Tim Bradley, CARA Director of Training

    • Navigating CARA's Training Program: Greg Hipp, CARA Executive Director

    • Overview of Orangetheory Fitness Ready to Run 20 Miler and Michelob Ultra VIP Experience, Greg Hipp, CARA Executive Director

    • NovaCare Comeback Runner of the Year Award Presentation

    • Understanding Common Marathon Running Injuries: NovaCare Rehabilitation

    • Nutrition for Marathoners: Kelly Devine, Devine Nutrition

    • CARA Group Leader Panel: Moderated by Tim Bradley, CARA Director of Training

  • 4:00 p.m. - Social Meet-Up, Get to Know Fellow Training Program Runners and Leaders (Park Tavern, 1645 W. Jackson Blvd.)


Clinic schedule subject to change

Location: City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X - Auditorium

Address: 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

Parking: Parking Garage (Free with Validation)

Public Transporation:

  • CTA Blue Line - Ilinois Medical District Stop (0.2 Mile Walk)
  • CTA Green / Pink Line - Ashland Stop (0.8 Mile Walk)
  • CTA Bus #157
  • CTA Bus #126
  • CTA Bus #50
  • DIVVY Sation (Jackson Blvd)