CARA

Summer Marathon Virtual Training

The CARA program has helped tens of thousands of runners complete 26.2. Our popular 18-week program has long been Chicago's premier training program, serving newcomers and experienced runners alike.

Registration Opens Soon

Program Dates:

  • June 8 to October 11, 2020 (18 Weeks)

Training Program Special Events:

  • Marathon Training Kick-Off Clinic - Saturday, May 30th (1:00 p.m.)

  • Ready to Run 20 Miler  - Sunday, September 20th (6:30 a.m.)*

  • Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP Experience  - Sunday, October 11 (5:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Program Benefits:

  • 18-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training and Coach Tim Bradley provides an 18-week training plan with novice, novice-II, intermediate, and advanced options so you can train at the level right for your fitness and lifestyle. You will have confidence knowing 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.

  • NovaCare Hotline: Gain access to CARA's exclusive 24/7 Injury Hotline with Novacare Physical Therapist ready to support your injury questions.

  • Expertise: A weekly info-packed newsletter from CARA Director of Training Coach Bradley. 

  • Ready to Run 20-Miler: *Entry included ($80 additional value) for "Local Option" Virtual Program runners. It's not just a long run, its the largest and most well-supported 20 miler in Chicagoland. The only point-to-point 20-Miler in Chicago, 11-aid stations, post-race celebration, and much more! (Details)

  • VIP: Entry included ($60 additional value). On race day in Chicago, you will receive the VIP treatment with CARA's Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP Experience. Private indoor space near the start line in Chicago, private start corral toilets, private gear check, and a post-race celebration with beer, snacks, medal engraving, and more! (Details)

  • Marathon Kick-Off Clinic: Access included to our marathon training kick-off clinic. CARA coaches and leading experts will get you ready for the marathon season with this event focused on the training plan and program you are about to take part in.

Registration Opens Soon

Registration Fees:
$145 - "Local Option" Individual Registration
$105 - "Out-of-Area" Individual Registrations
Partner Charity Team Runners Discount (Free/Discounted)

Rate Details:

  • Members of CARA's charity team receive free training through CARA. CARA's charity team leader will provide a special discount code to team members. Learn more HERE.

  • Members of any charity team should contact their charity's team leader to see if their charity has partnered with CARA to receive free or discounted training program fees and if so, to receive instruction to register for free or discounted training rates. As part of our mission, CARA provides over $65,000 in subsidized training for charity team runners each year. A special discount code is needed for charity team discounts.

Credit Card Fees:

  • Online registrations paid with credit card are subject to a service fee by our registration provider. To avoid online credit card fees, send a check for the amount owed to CARA, 1100 W. Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608. Provide full name, e-mail, phone number and note that check is for summer marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.

Terms / Details:

  • Race Registration: Program registration does not include entry or registration fees for marathon race.

  • Proration: Fees are not prorated for late entry.

  • Refunds: No refunds or deferrals will be issued for any reason.

Official Target Races: