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Welcome to CARA’s 2022 Summer Marathon Training Program! We are excited to support you this summer, as you experience CARA’s “Power of the Group”. Below you will find important program information, along with all the training plans and the training guide for this summer.


All season long, please feel welcome to direct questions to me, Tim Bradley, Sr. Director of Training and CARA Head Coach at training@cararuns.org.


Packet Pickup begins May 28th. Participants and Group Leaders, please pick up your participant shoe tag and training singlet before the start of group runs.

If you have not already, please check your Participant Account to select your packet pickup location, or to request your packet to be mailed.


If you selected packet mailing, those packets will ship May 24-25. Please do not attend an in-person pick-up if you selected packet mailing.


Someone may pick up your packet for you with a copy of your confirmation or ID.

Packet Pickup Locations: 

    Fleet Feet Old Town

    • 1706 N. Wells St, Chicago
    • May 28 - June 19
    • All Business Hours 

        Fleet Feet Lincoln Square

        • 4762 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
        • May 28 - June 19
        • All Business Hours 

        Fleet Feet South Loop

        • 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago
        • May 28 - June 19
        • All Business Hours 

        Fleet Feet Deerfield

        • 800 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
        • May 28 - June 19
        • All Business Hours 

        Fleet Feet Elmhurst

        • 124 E. Schiller St., Elmhurst
        • May 28 - June 19
        • All Business Hours

        Peak Running Burr Ridge

        • 555 Village Center Dr., Burr Ridge
        • May 28 - June 19
        • All Business Hours

        Xtra Mile Running Schaumburg

        • 31 W. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg
        • May 28 - June 19
        • All Business Hours
        • 7158 W. 127th St., Palos Heights
        • May 26
        • 4 pm - 7 pm
        • No other dates available.

        *Note* Mercy Home runners will have an opportunity to pick up in-person on June 1st. Contact Mercy Home for details.

        *Note* Packet Pickup is not available at The Run Show USA


        Your guide includes five marathon training plans (Novice, Novice II, Intermediate, Advanced, Run/Walk) geared towards multiple ability levels. Choose your training plan based on your individual goals, experience, current fitness level, and how many times you run per week. The training guide also includes information regarding training paces and different types of workouts that are included in the plans.

        If you need help picking your training plan or have any training questions, please feel free to email training@cararuns.org.


        Hydration stations will serve water and Gatorade Endurance on-course and at the finish of group runs. Hydration may not be available pre-run at some sites.

        Runners are encouraged to carry a collapsible cup to refill at hydration stations. This provides you the greatest flexibility for hydration and supports our sustainability efforts to reduce trash. However, cups will be available at all locations, except Darien and Libertyville where Forest Preserve rules do not allow them. There you must bring a bottle, pack, or collapsible cup of your own for refill.


        Be part of CARA's "Power of the Group" online STRAVA platform. This private STRAVA group will help provide you the support, community, and accountability you need to successfully reach your running goals! The group is exclusive to Summer Marathon Training participants and includes the training schedules, training tips and program resources. You can find the group if you are a current STRAVA user or create a free account in order to join the group. You will be approved for the group within 48 hours.


        2. Login to your current STRAVA account, or create an account.
        3. Ask to join the group by clicking on the orange box that says "Request to Join"

        For questions regarding the STRAVA platform email: training@cararuns.org

        Important Dates:

        May 28 - Packet Pickup Begins

        June 4 - CARA Summer Marathon Training Kick-Off at The Run Show USA: 11:30am - 1:00pm

        June 6 - Training Plans Begin

        June 8 - First Track Session

        June 11 & 12 - First Group Long Run

        June 19 - Packet Pickup Ends 


        -Until persons are two weeks post full vaccination for COVID19, they are expected to wear a mask or face covering when gathering pre- or post-run. Fully vaccinated participants are not required to wear a mask or face covering while gathering pre or post-run. Masks or face coverings are not required during the run for any participants.

        -Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you are unvaccinated and have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19.

        -Persons from high-risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.

        -Participants are encouraged to avoid traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.), as well as close group gathering (group pictures, etc.).

        -Do not spit or blow nose while running in group.

        -Do not share personal items, such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc

        -Participants may be required to exit programs/events temporarily or permanently should their actions not meet expectations and or they are creating risk for themselves or others.

        -Guidelines and expectations may differ for training program special events (Ready to Run 20 Miler, Marathon VIP), and if so, these will be communicated prior to those events.

        CARA members and program participants have access to the RUSH Physical Therapy Injury Hotline (injuryhotline@rushpt.com) as well as many complimentary events.