Chicago Area Runners Association Introduces New Director of Training

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It is with great excitement that the Chicago Area Runners Association announces its new Director of Training, Leah Bohr. Leah comes to CARA from DePaul University where she served as Division I Cross Country and Track and Field varsity teams.

Leah is from North Aurora, and ran for her high school team and collegiately at DePaul University. She brings familiarity of both the suburbs and the city. At DePaul she earned Academic All-American and Conference USA All-Conference honors in her senior season. She still holds the DePaul school records in both the indoor
mile and the outdoor 1500m. Leah now enjoys competing in and supporting local races.

“I am so thrilled to start this position at CARA! Being passionate about my everyday work is really important to me and the experiences I have had leading up to this point are going to truly help me as the Director of Training.” Leah said.

CARA’s Director of Training is responsible for a diverse set of year round training programs for all levels of runners, including Winter and Summer Marathon, Half Marathon, beginning running, corporate wellness programs and CARA Road Scholars youth charity summer running program for Chicago High School students from economically underserved neighborhoods.


“We are very excited to bring Leah to our team as CARA’s Director of Training. This role effectively serves as our ‘head coach,’ representing the organization across the Chicagoland area running community. With both city and suburban training sites, the Director of Training manages all locations by working side-by-side with CARA site coordinators and group leaders/pacers.” Said CARA Executive Director Ed Zylka. “To engage and support any level of training participants, the role serves as personal coach and motivational presence to help people fulfill their potential.”

This role is responsible for a diverse set of year-round training programs, including Winter and Summer Marathon, Half Marathon, beginning running programs, corporate wellness, and CARA Road Scholars’ youth charity summer running program for Chicago High School students from economically underserved neighborhoods. In addition, the Director of Training leads growth initiatives in the city and suburbs, with fun runs and serves as a liaison to running clubs.