Winter Marathon Training

We are conquering the winter months with CARA's Power of the Group. Prepare for April and May marathons through CARA's group training program that offers you the support, community and resources you need to successfully reach 26.2.

Looking for our virtual program? Click HERE.


Program Dates:

December 24, 2018 to April 27, 2019 (18 Weeks)

Meeting Days / Times / Locations:

Program Benefits:

  • 18-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Coach Tim Bradley provides an 18-week training plan with our traditional novice, 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 coaches who have national certifications and years of proven coaching success.

  • Group Training: Group long runs and speed training. Gain support, security and camaraderie with the support of a group!

  • Pacer Led Runs: CARA member pace group leaders who are experienced runners, committed to guiding you every step of the way. Weekend long runs will be led by friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced CARA group leaders - we offer pacers at each 30-second pace interval, from 7:30 to 12:00 min/mile, plus run/walk paces. 

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

  • Expertise: An info-packed newsletter from CARA Director of Training Coach Tim Bradley.

  • Hydration Support: Stations serving Gatorade Endurance and water at your group runs.

  • Training Guide: Receive CARA's info-packed hard copy training guide.

  • SWAG: CARA runners receive a unique winter running hat.

  • Morton Arboretum: Opportunity to purchase Morton Arboretum "Morton 1" annual pass for a 50% off rate subsidized by CARA.




Registration Type
Program Registration & 2019 CARA Membership* - $160
Program Registration (Current Active CARA Member) - $136 (15% Discount)

Terms / Details:

  • Program registration does not include entrance fee to Morton Arboretum in Lisle. CARA is subsidizing the cost of Morton Arboretum "Morton 1" annual passes for training program runners at a 50% off the standard rate. Passes must be purchased during registration.

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

  • Fees are not prorated for late entry.

  • *Includes 2019 CARA membership good through 12/31/19.

  • 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.

  • ^No speed training session will be held on Wednesday 12/26 due to the holiday.

  • No training run on April 13, 2019 due to CARA's Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K. 

  • Winter Marathon Training Program runners can get started with training early, with free access to CARA Winter Half-Marathon Training Program group runs beginning November 5. Details included in registration confirmation.

Packet Pick-Up:

Group Leaders:

  • Volunteer to be a group leader? You are encouraged to apply. Group leaders must be active CARA members to access the application. Learn more about group leading HERE.

Weather Policy:

  • Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.

Group Leaders:

  • Volunteer to be a group leader. Group leaders must be active CARA members to access the application. Apply HERE.

Target Race:

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

April 27, 2019

Join us April 26 & 27 in Champaign-Urbana for the 11th Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend.

Enjoy a scenic tour of the U of I, tree-lined neighborhoods, and an awesome prairie park.

Spectacular finish at the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium.

CARA Winter Marathon Training Program Participants receive $15 off the marathon race.

Register Today!


Alternative Suggested Races: 

Kalamazoo Marathon and Half Marathon

May 5, 2019

"Big Experience. Small Price"

Marathon pricing starts at $65 and goes no higher than $75 through May 3.

The half-marathon price starts at $45.

CARA members get a free training shirt!

Register today!