Winter Marathon Training

Join us on the Lakefront and at Morton Arboretum this winter as we prepare for April/May marathons.


Program Dates:

January 1 - May 5, 2018 (18 Weeks)

Meeting Days / Times / Locaitons:

  • Group Long Runs:

  • Mid-Week Runs / Speed Training:

    • Wednesday's Speed Training @ 6:30pm at Wilson Track (Chicago)

    • Wednesday's Speed Training @ 6:30pm at NovaCare Naperville (Naperville)

Program Benefits:

  • 18-Week Training Plan: CARA Director of Training Leah Bohr provides a 18-week training plan with our traditional novice, intermediate 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 coaches who have national certifications and years of proven coaching success.

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

  • Pacer Led Runs: CARA member pace group leaders who are experienced runners committed to guiding you every step of the way. Weekend long runs will be led by friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced CARA group leaders - we offer pacers at each 30-second pace interval, from 7:30 to 12:00 min/mile, plus run/walk paces. 

  • 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 Bohr and free entry to the CARA Super Clinic.

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

  • SWAG: CARA runners receive a unique training tech shirt.

Value: Want to run all winter and spring? Sign-Up for CARA Winter Marathon Training and have an active 2018 CARA membership and you can train with us through CARA Winter Half Marathon Training and Spring Half Marathon Training at no additional cost. Reach out to after registration for details.




Registration Type
Program Registration & CARA Membership (New or Renewal Memberships)* $160
Program Registration & CARA Membership (New or Renewal) & Morton Arboretum Membership** $185 (Save $12)
Program Registration (Current Active CARA Member)
$120 (Save $40!)
Program Registration (Current Active CARA Member) & Morton Arboretum Membership
$145 (Save $52)

Registration Terms:

  • Program registration does not include entry or registraiton fees for marathon race.
  • *Includes 2018 CARA membership good through 12/31/18.
  • **Includes 2018 CARA membership good through 12/31/18 and a Morton Arboretum annual membership. Only available to Morton Arboretum Training site participants.
  • Note: The Morton Arboretum requires a membership or admission fee to access the area where the training program will occur. A single day access is $14 or a year long membership is $60. Runners may add a Morton Arboretum annual membership with their training registration. CARA has subsidized the membership cost. Discounted Morton Arboretum memberships are available only to runners training at The Morton Arboretum and only for the Morton 1 annual annual memberships, which is available through CARA.

Group Leaders:

  • Apply to be a group leader. Group leaders must be active CARA members to access the application.

Weather Policy: Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.

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