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 2021, 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.


Program Dates:

  • December 28, 2020 to April 19, 2021

Program Benefits:

  • Personally Customized Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Coach Tim Bradley provides a personally customized 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 through CARA's Winter Marathon Training Program and special Boston "Field Trip" runs at hilly locations. Gain support, security, and camaraderie with the support of a group!

  • Boston Bus: Included is a private charter bus from the Boston Park Plaza area 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.

    • 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 CARA winter apparel item.




Registration Type
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%)
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

  • December 28: Training Plans Begin

  • December 30: First group track workout

  • January 2: First group long run 

  • April 10: Final Group Long Run

  • April 18: Group Shake-Out Run in Boston

  • April 19: Target Race

  • Note: Boston program runners may continue to run with the CARA Winter Marathon Training Program through its end date of May 1.


*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's Boston hotel room block is available until full. Rooms will be available first-come, first-serve. 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 registration by non-members includes a CARA Friend level membership. Participants can upgrade to CARA Supporter Level membership within the form and instantly receive program discounts and all Supporter Level member benefits.

Packet Pick-Up:

  • TBA

Weather Policy:

  • Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.