Summer Marathon Virtual Training

Since our program's start in 1989, we have helped tens of thousands of runners complete 26.2. If your goal is to complete the marathon in Chicago, or any other fall marathon, our popular 18-week program has long been Chicago's premier training program, serving newcomers and experienced runners alike. CARA has long been known for its group training programs and also successfully serves runners who are unable to attend group sessions through our "virtual" training program. 


Program Dates:

June 10 to October 13, 2019 (18 Weeks)

Virtual Training 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.

  • Online Tools: Access to Final Surge online training tools, including your training schedule and virtual running log.

  • 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: With "local option", entry included ($80 value). It's not just a long run, its the largest and most well-supported 20-mile training run in the business; complete with a point-to-point course, pacers, aid stations, medical support, gear check, finisher's tech shirt, transportation, and a post-race celebration. "Local option" participants are automatically registered for Ready to Run 20-Miler.

  • VIP Status: Access included ($60 value) into CARA's often imitated, but never duplicated, Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP Experience at the Palmer House Hilton. Enjoy pre- and post-race on October 13th at our exclusive indoor space complete with hydration, athletic trainers, private bathrooms, gear check, and a post-race celebration. Oh, and don't forget CARA's private bank of toilets at the Marathon start corrals.

  • Kick-Off Clinic: Access included to our marathon training kick-off clinic, formerly known as Super 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. 




Program Registration Fees:
$145 - Local Option (includes Ready to Run and Marathon VIP)
$105 - Out-of-Area Option (includes Marathon VIP)

Rate Details:

  • CARA members receive a 15% discount on the above rates with an active 2019 CARA membership (2018 membership must be renewed prior to receiving the member rate).

  • 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:

  • Credit card registration fee payments are subject to a service fee by our registration provider. To avoid online credit card fees, send the check for the amount owed to CARA, 549 W. Randolph St, Suite 704, Chicago, IL 60661. Provide full name, e-mail and note that check is for summer marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.

Terms / Details:

  • Program registration does not include entry or registration fees for the marathon race.

  • Fees are not prorated for late entry.

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

  • Credits / Deferrals: Participants may withdraw from the program prior to picking up training program packet and prior to the first day of training (Monday, week of first group session) for any reasons and receive a credit to any CARA program or event of equal or lesser value. Credit expires at the end of the next calendar year. Complete terms and conditions will be provided upon request.

  • Virtual programs do not include access to group training, hard copy training guide, or training tech shirt.