Boston Performance Training

Get ready to perform at the marathon in Boston with this group training program that provides a personally customized training plan specifically designed around your goal, paces, and mileage for Boston. If you are a Boston qualifier or hope to chase one in spring 2020, this program is for you. You will also enjoy unique amenities from CARA in Boston on marathon weekend. 

A virtual training option is also available.


New Program Dates:

  • June 8, 2020 to September 14, 2020

New Program Date Details:

  • Due to the postponed date of the marathon in Boston, CARA will resume its Boston Performance Training Program on June 8, 2020. All runners who were registered for the spring program will retain access to the new program dates and all amenities that were part of their prior registration. CARA Director of Training Tim Bradley will provide updated training plans for the new training dates.

  • Program participants registered for the group option will have access to complete their long runs and speed training at any CARA summer marathon training program location through the marathon date in Boston. Runners will need to retain their shoe tag from the Boston program for access. These groups are completing training specific to their training for the marathon in Chicago, however, runners can enjoy the group to support their customized training schedule.

  • Access to the Ready to Run 20 Miler (9/20), the Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP in Chicago (10/11), and long runs after the marathon in Boston requires a separate registration. 

  • The CARA Boston Bus is currently full. If seats open, program participants will have the first rights to open seats based on their registration date. If CARA receives a new hotel block, we will inform all participants.

  • Registration has reopened for runners who had not registered for the initial program dates. 

Program Benefits:

  • Personally Customized Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Coach Tim Bradley provides a personally customized 15-week training plan and coaching support based on your Boston goal, your mileage, and your paces/goal time. This unique training plan is specific and personalized for you.

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

  • Boston Bus: Included is a private charter bus from the Boston Park Plaza to the Athlete's Village in   on race morning where you may remain in a climate controlled bus until time to go to your start wave. Note: The Boston buses are school buses, that drop you off immediately outdoors prior to the start.

    • Boston Gear Check: Included is VIP gear check at the Athlete's Village charter bus with CARA, who will bring your bag back to the Boston Park Plaza.

    • Boston Hotel Block: Training program runners will have first access to CARA's limited hotel blocks at the Boston Park Plaza and InterContinental Boston.

    • Pre-Race Shake-Out: We will meet up for a pre-race shakeout run in Boston the day prior to the marathon.

    • Post-Race Social: We will meet up post-race in Boston to celebrate our races at a local venue!

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

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

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

  • SWAG: CARA runners (group program only) receive a winter hat and additional unique Boston Performance apparel item. New registrants after 3/24/20 will receive a hat only.




Registration Type
SOLD OUT - Group Program Registration WITH Boston Amenities - $265 (CARA Supporter Level members save 10%)
Group Program Registration WITHOUT Boston Amenities - $215 (CARA Supporter Level members save 10%)
SOLD OUT - Virtual Option WITH Boston Amenities - $200  (CARA Supporter Level members save 10%)
Virtual Option WITHOUT Boston Amenities - $150 (CARA Supporter Level members save 10%)

Important Dates:

  • TBA Packet Pickup at CARA Office

  • June 8: Training Plans Begin

  • June 10: First group track workout

  • June 14: First group long run 

  • July 11: No group long run due to Lakefront 10 Miler

  • September 5/6: Final Group Long Run

  • September 13: Group Shake-Out Run in Boston

  • September 14: Target Race


*Terms / Details:

  • CARA member discount of 10% applies to active CARA Supporter Level members (Individual, Family, and Student packages). 

  • Registrations options WITHOUT "Boston amenities" do not include Boston Bus, Boston hotel block access, or any other in-Boston opportunities. This registration type is geared towards runners who have not yet qualified for Boston but would like to train with BQ runners and receive a BQ focused training program focused on a late April/early May marathon goal.

  • Fees are not prorated for late entry to the program.

  • CARA Boston hotel room block is available until full. Rooms will be available first-come, first serve (rooms are currently available). Participants may reserve only one room.

  • Registration WITH Boston Amenities includes Boston Bus ticket (guaranteed) and access to Boston Hotel block (until full). Boston dinner costs not included. Boston social is a free gathering, but attendees purchase their own food/drinks from the venue.

  • Refunds: No refunds will not be issued for any reason.

  • Credits / Deferrals: Participants may withdraw from the program prior to whichever comes first: receiving the hotel block information, receiving customized training program, picking up training program packet or 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.

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

  • Program registrations by non-members includes a CARA Friend level membership. Participants can upgrade to CARA Supporter Level membership within form and instantly receive program discount and all Supporter Level member benefits.

Packet Pick-Up:

  • CARA office on TBA dates

Weather Policy:

  • Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.