Training Partners

Our partners at CARA offer discounted training, with a ton of fun perks:

  • 18-week training plan with five options (Novice, Novice II, Intermediate, Advanced, and Run/Walk).

  • Additional 6-week pre-season training guide to prepare you for the season.

  • Training guide and weekly education newsletters.

  • Video guided marathon tailored strength training plan.

  • Marathon Kick-Off Clinic and Final Miles education resources.

  • Group training long Runs (Saturday & Sunday options) led by group leaders for 7:30 to 11:30 pace/per mile run, and 12:00 to 13:00 pace/per mile run/walk.

  • Coach led track workouts (Wednesdays).

  • Hydration support at training runs, including water and Gatorade Endurance.

  • Ready to Run 20 Miler entry included.

  • Included access to the Marathon VIP Experience on Bank of America Chicago Marathon race day.

  • Private toilet access at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon start corrals.

  • Rush Physical Therapy Injury Hotline.

  • CARA Training Tank and Ready to Run 20 Miler Finishers Shirt.

  • CARA rates: Group Training including Ready to Run & VIP: $186.15; Virtual Training (Local, includes Ready to Run & VIP): $123.25; Virtual Training (Remote, includes VIP): $89.25. For participating in just the Ready to Run or Marathon VIP experience, you receive 15% off the non-member price.

To get started with CARA, contact Erin Baynes at for a discounted sign-up link.

Our partners at Chicago Endurance Sports/Fleet Feet offer discounted training, with a ton of fun options:

  • Professional, experienced (and nice) coaches.
  • Group & Virtual training programs available.
  • Group Training sessions twice per week.
  • FOUR Fleet Feet group training locations available.
  • “The Long Run”: a fully supported 20-mile long run, like the rest of our group long runs, only WAY better! (*Included with ALL training options).
  • Race Day Resort: The PREMIER race day hospitality experience, across the street from the start/finish at the Chicago Marathon (*included with Group & some Virtual training programs).
  • Exclusive performance training/racing singlet (*shipping not included).
  • Detailed, daily online training plan for all levels, including running and walking.
  • Motivation, leadership & support from the experienced CES Pace Team.
  • Pace leaders and group mentors for varied paces, including running and walking.
  • Weekly newsletter with tips on training and program updates.
  • Discounts/promotions from our sponsors/partners.
  • Educational seminars & clinics.

To get started, contact Esmeralda Gonzalez for a discount code, then sign up with Chicago Endurance Sports at

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