Training Tips

Training Programs

  • Don’t forget that the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is the official training partner for Team Red Cross.
  • CARA provides both in-person training and virtual training if you live outside Chicago
  • CARA training is complimentary for Team Red Cross runners
  • CARA's Ready to Run 20 Miler will be held Sunday, September 18 on the Chicago lakefront path. It is now open and accepting registrations. Team Red Cross runners who registered for CARA’s Summer Training Program can sign up for free, but they must complete the registration form. If you did not sign up for CARA training but are still interested in this run, you can sign up at a discounted price. Use the code: REDCROSS2016 at checkout and it will reduce the registration fee to just $45. Click here to register.
  • If you did not join CARA when you first registered with Team Red Cross, but are interested in joining now, please email
Nike Training
  • Nike+ Run Club is the official training partner for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
  • Click here to download the Nike Training Plan.
  • Click here to download the Nike+ Running App to track your route, distance, pace and time.
NBC Training Tips
NBC Chicago recently aired its first training tip for runners: