CARA

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 on Sunday, October 7, 2018, 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 but also works to serve runners who are unable to attend group sessions through our "virtual" training program. CARA offers two virtual program options to choose from. 

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Program Dates:

June 4 to October 7, 2018 (18 Weeks)

Virtual Training Local Option Benefits: 

  • 18-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Leah Bohr provides an 18-week training plan with novice, intermediate I & II, 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 Bohr. And learn from top experts at the CARA Super Clinic and Final Miles Clinic.

  • Ready to Run 20-Miler: 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.

  • VIP Status: Access included ($60 value) into CARA's often imitated, but never duplicated, Marathon VIP Experience at the Hilton Chicago. Enjoy pre- and post-race on October 7th 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.

Virtual Training Out-of-Area Option Benefits: 

  • 18-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Leah Bohr provides an 18-week training plan with novice, intermediate I & II, 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 Bohr. And learn from top experts at the CARA Super Clinic and Final Miles Clinic.

  • VIP Status: Access included ($60 value) into CARA's often imitated, but never duplicated, Marathon VIP Experience at the Hilton Chicago. Enjoy pre- and post-race on October 7th 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.

 

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Registration Type
Fee
Virtual Local Option Program Registration $145
Virtual Out-of-Area Program Registration
$105
Program Registration (CARA Charity Team Runners) Free*
Program Registration (Charity Team Partner Runners) Free / Discounted**

Registration Terms:

  • Program registration does not include entry or registration fees for marathon race.
  • *Members of CARA's charity team receive free training through CARA. 
  • **As part of our mission CARA provides over $65,000 in subsidized training for charity team runners each year. Charity team runners should contact their charity's team leader to receive instruction to register for free or discounted training rates through CARA.
  • Weather Policy: Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.