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We have partnered with two local training programs – CARA and Kopf Running – to offer all Finish MS runners complimentary marathon training. When opting into a training program, participants can only choose one, as we pay per program per person.

CARACARA (Chicago Area Runners Association):

  • In-person training located in Chicago
  • An expertly designed, 18-week training plan
  • Free Training Peaks online training tracking
  • Three+ weekly group run opportunities
    • speed training
    • mid-week runs
    • fully supported long runs
  • Free entry to the CARA VIP Marathon Experience with:
    • private gear check
    • indoor bathrooms
    • private bank of porta-potties near the starting line
    • pre and post-race food and drinks
  • Free entry to the Orangetheory 20 Miler
  • 24-Hour Injury Hotline Powered by NovaCare Rehabilitation
  • More information

CARA’s VIRTUAL Summer Training Program:

Interested in CARA Training but not in Chicago? The virtual program is for OUT-OF-STATE charity participants and will give you access to the day-to-day detailed training program through Training Peaks, as well as weekly communications and unlimited e-mail communication with CARA’s three certified coaches. 

Kopf RunningKopf Running VIRTUAL Training Program:

Interested in training but not in Chicago or don’t have time to make it to the in-person runs? The virtual program is for any charity participant looking for a “do-it-yourself” style option. Participants receive:

  • Customized training program geared to safely prepare you for race day
  • Weekly training & nutrition tips
  • “Ask the Coach” email/phone support
  • Runner education webinars
  • Race-day course support
  • More information

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