Boston Performance Training

Get ready to perform at the Boston Marathon with this 15-week personally customized program specifically designed around your goal, paces, and mileage for the Boston Marathon. You will also enjoy unique amenities from CARA in Boston on marathon weekend. 

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Program Dates:

  • December 24, 2018 to April 15, 2019 (15 Weeks)

Meeting Days / Times / Locations:

Program Benefits:

  • 15-Week Personally Customized Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Coach Tim Bradley provides a personally customized 15-week training plan based on your Boston Marathon 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!

  • Location: Opportunities to train at locations with hilly and scenic terrain.

  • Boston Bus: Included is a private charter bus from the Boston Park Plaza to the Athlete's Village in Hopkington on race morning where you may remain in a climate controlled bus until time to go to your start wave. Note: The Boston Marathon 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. Note: The Boston Marathon does not offer start line area gear check.

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

    • Pre-Race Dinner: Access to join CARA for a pre-race pre-race dinner in Boston. Training program runners will get first access for themselves and their families. The cost of dinner is not included in the training program fee.

    • 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 Physical Therapist 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 receive a unique apparel item TBA.

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




Registration Type
Program Registration & CARA Membership (New or Renewal Memberships)* - $265
Program Registration (Current Active CARA Member) - $230 ($35 Discount)
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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 marathon race.

  • Fees are not prorated for late entry.

  • *"Program Registration & CARA Membership" rate 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 whichever comes first: 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.

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

  • Barrington long run dates subject to change.

  • **Room availability not guaranteed. Rooms will be available first come, first serve. (update, the Boston Park Plaza room block is full, additional hotel options will be in registration confirmation)

Packet Pick-Up:

Weather Policy:

  • Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.