CARA

Be a Group Leader

All CARA training programs rely on CARA member group leaders to provide guidance, knowledge, and motivation to help runners successfully complete their training. Successful group leaders are able to make a significant impact on the runners they lead as they work towards their personal goals.

Group leaders have three primary responsibilities: Keep Runners Safe & Organized, Accurately Pace their Group and Promote a Positive Experience

Group Leader Requirements:

  • Experience / Pace: Group leaders should have a background in racing the distance they plan to lead and be comfortable running the pace they plan on leading. Past experience as a participant in CARA training is preferred.

  • Positive Attitude: Group leaders should have a positive attitude, be encouraging, and be ready to lead in a way that promotes a positive experience for program participants.

  • Leader Training: Group leaders will be asked to complete a group leader training session. Please read the Group Leader Guide.

  • Attendance: Group leaders must commit to consistent attendance and avoiding absences through all weeks of training. A maximum of three absences is allowed during the program. Additionally, for the Summer Marathon Training Program, group leaders are expected to serve as pacers at the Ready to Run 20 Miler (held the Sunday three week's prior to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon).

  • CARA Membership: Group leaders are required to hold an active CARA membership to apply and membership should be maintained while group leading.

  • Expectations / Policies:

    • Follow and promote CARA training program policies.

    • Follow the CARA training plan when leading their group. Ensure that the novice option is always available and led.

    • Encourage participants to take part in training program events (Ready to Run 20 Miler and Marathon VIP). Group leaders should not organize or promote conflicting events or discourage runners from taking part in the full experience of the training program.

    • Positively support CARA and stay informed on CARA communications. Group leaders must commit to reading all weekly newsletters and communications and helping communicate important information to participants.

    • Group leaders must help preserve the integirty of training programs by not allowing unregistered runners to participate in programs.

    • Group leaders may NOT use their position as a group leader for commercial gain or to promote companies/products. 

Current Opportunities / Benefits:

Programs with active applications have links below

  • Winter Half Marathon Training

    • Received waived Training Program fees.

    • Invitation to the CARA Annual Volunteer Party and other group leader social events.

    • Winter apparel item.

    • Year-end group leader gift.

  • Winter Marathon Training

    • Received waived Training Program fees.

    • Invitation to the CARA Annual Volunteer Party and other group leader social events.

    • Winter apparel item.

    • Year-end group leader gift.

  • Beginning Running

  • Spring Half Marathon Training

  • Summer (Chicago) Marathon Training

    • Receive waived Training Program, Ready to Run 20 Miler, and Marathon VIP Experience fees.

    • Receive free single session tickets to all Summer Six Series Social Runs.

    • Invitation to the CARA Annual Volunteer Party and other group leader social events.

    • Group leader running tank and training tech shirt.

    • Year-end group leader gift.

    • Receive access to post-close entries to the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Group leaders are encouraged to apply for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon's official application period, but should they not be accepted, they may fall back on this group leader benefit. Group leaders must be approved by May 1, 2019 The Bank of America Chicago Marathon registration fee is the responsibility of the group leader. Contact training@cararuns.org with questions.

  • Summer Half Marathon Training

    • Received waived Training Program fees.

    • Invitation to the CARA Annual Volunteer Party and other group leader social events.

    • Group leader running tank and training tech shirt.

    • Year-end group leader gift.