Summer Half Marathon Training

Join in on CARA's Power of the Group as you prepare for summer half-marathons. CARA's 12-week group training program offers you the support, community, and resources you need to successfully reach 13.1.

Looking for our virtual program? Check our details HERE.


Program Dates:

July 8 to September 29, 2019 (12 Weeks)

Official Target Race:

Meeting Days / Times / Locations:

  • Group Long Runs:

    • Saturday's @ 6:00 a.m. at Lakeshore East Park (Chicago)

    • Saturday's @ 7:00 a.m. at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve (Darien)

  • Speed Training:

    • Wednesday's @ 6:00 a.m. at Lake Shore Park Track (Chicago)

    • Wednesday's @ 6:30 p.m. at Montrose Beach Wilson Track (Chicago)

    • Wednesday's @ 6:30 p.m. at Downers Grove South High School (Downers Grove)

  • Weekday Group Runs:

    • Group Run Calendar HERE.

Program Benefits:

  • 12-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training and Coach Tim Bradley provides a 12-week training plan with novice, novice-II, 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 CARA coaches who have national certifications and years of proven coaching success long before we bring them into CARA.

  • Group Training: Group long runs and speed training. Gain security and camaraderie with the support of a training program nearly three-times larger than any other Chicagoland training group. 

  • Pacer Led Runs: Weekend long runs will be led by friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced CARA Group Leaders, providing you pacing, and so much more! We offer groups at each 30-second pace interval, from 7:00 to 12:00 min/mile, plus run/walk paces and a +12 min pace group (note actual pace group offerings may different per training site). 

  • 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 Bradley. 

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

  • SWAG: CARA runners receive a training tech shirt - we know you've seen them on the trail!


Registration Fees:
$160 - New CARA Members
$136 - Current CARA Members (Save $24)

Rate Details:

  • New member rate includes the training program and 2019 CARA Supporter Level membership.

  • CARA member rate requires an active 2019 CARA Supporter Level membership (Individual, Family, Student packages).

Credit Card Fees:

  • Credit card registration fee payments are subject to a service fee by our registration provider. To avoid online credit card fees, send the check for the amount owed to CARA, 549 W. Randolph St, Suite 704, Chicago, IL 60661. Provide full name, e-mail and note that check is for summer half marathon training program fees. CARA will then contact to complete registration.

Terms / Details:

  • Race Registration: Program registration does not include entry or registration fees for the half marathon race.

  • Proration: Fees are not prorated for late entry.

  • 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.

  • Age Minimum: Runners must be 18 years or older to participate.

Packet Pick-Up:

  • Road Runner Sports (Chicago) - July 1-15, All business hours

  • Road Runner Sports (Naperville) - July 1-15, All business hours

  • A mailing option is also available for a service fee.

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.