Long Run Group Options

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Long Run Group Options

When preparing for a marathon, a weekly long run is both one of the most important and one of the most intimidating elements of training. Why not conquer the distance with some company? A wide range of groups throughout Illinois host weekly long runs to help you prepare to run 26.2 this fall. Don’t see your training buddies on the list? Tell us about your group on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to spread the word!

 

Chicago Area Runners Association


Training Begins: June 14

Group Runs:

  • Chicago (Beverly): Saturdays, 6:30 a.m; Running Excels, 10328 S. Western Ave.
  • Chicago (Lakeshore East): Saturdays, 6 a.m.; Universal Sole, 333 E. Benton Pl.
  • Chicago (Hyde Park): Saturdays, 6 a.m.; LaRabida Hospital, southeast parking lot
  • Chicago (Montrose Beach): Saturdays, 6 a.m., Saturdays, 6:30 a.m., Sundays, 6:30 a.m.; east of Montrose (Cricket) Hill by the brick concession building
  • Darien: Saturdays, 7 a.m.; Waterfall Glen, trailhead lot on Cass Ave., south of I-55
  • Libertyville: Saturdays, 6:45 a.m.; Old School Forest Preserve, Shelter C parking lot off St. Mary’s Rd.
  • Niles: Saturdays, 7 a.m.; Bunker Hill Forest Preserve Grove 4
  • Oak Forest: Saturdays, 6:50 a.m.; Yankee Woods Picnic Area on Central Ave. between 163rd and 167th
  • Schaumburg: Saturdays, 6:45 a.m.; Busse Woods near Groves 26-27
  • Wheaton: Saturdays, 6:45 a.m.; Caribou Coffee, 390 W. Front St.

Contact: Meg Sullivan, [email protected]

Cost: $75 for CARA members who have participated in five or more summer marathon training programs, $125 for CARA members who are previous participants in the summer marathon training program, $170 for CARA members, $210 for non-members

 

Chicago Endurance Sports

Training Begins: May 31 (Old Town and South Loop); June 1 (Lincoln Square)

Group Runs:

  • Fleet Feet Sports Old Town: Saturdays, 6 a.m. (run/walk), Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. (run); 1620 N. Wells St., Chicago
  • Fleet Feet Sports South Loop, Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. (run); 150 W. Roosevelt, Chicago
  • Fleet Feet Sports Lincoln Square, Sundays, 6:30 a.m.; 4762 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Contact: [email protected], 866-237-7861

Cost: $204 for CES alumni, $229 for new members

 

Clocktower Runners

Training Begins: Mid-June

Group Runs: Saturdays, 6:30 a.m.

Location: Waveland Clocktower, 3600 N. Recreation Dr. in Chicago

Contact: [email protected]

Cost: Free with a suggested donation of $20 to cover training expenses

 

Coach Brendan Running

Training Begins: May 31

Group Runs: Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. (6 a.m. starting in July)

Location: Road Runner Sports, 1435 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Contact: Brendan Cournane, [email protected], 312-287-5321

Cost: $175 for alumni, $195 for new participants

 

Coach Mark Buciak Endurance Training

Training Begins: May 17

Group Runs: Saturdays, 7 a.m.

Location: Oz Park, corner of Dickens and Larrabee

Contact: Coach Mark Buciak, 773-307-0033, [email protected]

Cost: $220

 

Crew Runs the World

Group Runs: Saturdays, 6:30 a.m.

Location: Road Runner Sports, 1435 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Contact: [email protected]

 

CU Racing Team

Training Begins: July 20

Group Runs: Sundays, 8 a.m.

Location: Champaign-Urbana

Contact: [email protected]

 

Dick Pond Carol Stream

Training Begins: May 10

Group Runs: Saturdays, 8 a.m. (earlier as mileage increases)

Location: Dick Pond Carol Stream, 26W515 St. Charles Rd., Carol Stream

Contact: 630-665-3316

 

Elmhurst Running Club

Training Begins: June 7

Group Runs: Saturdays, 6 a.m.

Contact: [email protected]

Cost: $20 for individuals, $30 for families

 

Fox River Trail Runners

Training Begins: May 24

Group Runs: Saturdays, 7 a.m.

Location: Fabyan East Forest Preserve, Geneva

Contact: [email protected]

Cost: $65-$75

 

Frankfort-New Lenox Running Club

Training Begins: June 14

Group Runs:

  • Old Plank Trail & Schoolhouse Road in New Lenox: Saturdays, 7 a.m.
  • Old Plank Trail & Cedar Road in New Lenox: Sundays, 7 a.m.

Contact: [email protected]

 

Frontrunners/Frontwalkers

Training Begins: July 6

Group Runs: Sundays, 9 a.m.

Location: Totem Pole, Addison and Lake Shore Drive on the Lakefront Trail

Contact: Corbin Woodling, [email protected]

Cost: Free with $20 club membership

 

Glen Ellyn Runners

Training Begins: June 15

Group Runs: Sundays, 6:30 a.m.

Location: Near the gazebo on the Prairie Path in Glen Ellyn, directly across the tracks from the Glen Ellyn Metra station

Contact: [email protected]

Cost: $52 for year-round group membership

 

Go! City Runners

Group Runs: Saturdays, 7 a.m.

Location: Nike Bucktown, 1640 N. Damen Ave., Chicago

Contact: [email protected]

 

Heartland Road Runners & Walkers Club

Training Begins: July 12

Group Runs: Saturdays, 6 a.m.

Location: Washington Park in Quincy, IL

Contact: Doug Seeber, [email protected], 217-242-7541

 

Life Time Fitness Algonquin

Training Begins: July 22

Group Runs: Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Saturdays, 7 a.m.

Location: Life Time Fitness, 451 Rolls Dr., Algonquin, IL 60102

Contact: Karie Stringer, [email protected], 224-623-2852

Cost: $26.20

Register: lifetimerun.com

 

Life Time Fitness Burr Ridge

Training Begins: June 24

Group Runs: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Location: Life Time Fitness, 601 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Contact: Deborah Barnat, [email protected], 630-341-8312

Cost: $26.20

Register: lifetimerun.com

 

Life Time Fitness Romeoville

Training Begins: July 20 (Target race: Naperville Marathon)

Group Runs: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Location: Road Runner Sports, 2555 W. 75th St., Naperville, IL 60540

Contact: Deborah Barnat, [email protected], 630-341-8312

Cost: $26.20

Register: lifetimerun.com

 

Northern Illinois Trail Runners Organization (NITRO)

Training Begins: May 18

Group Runs: Saturdays, 7 a.m.

Location: Sycamore Park Shelter, 1245 Hillside Rd., Sycamore

Contact: [email protected]

Cost: Free with NITRO club membership ($25 for individuals, $30 for families)

 

North Shore Distance Running Club

Training Begins: June 14

Group Runs: Saturdays, 6:45 a.m.

Location: Parking lot of Shelter C (Sled Hill) in Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville

Contact: [email protected], www.nsdrc.net

Cost: $50, $40 for current CARA members

 

Run Your Life

Training Begins: June 14

Group Runs: Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Location: Petersen Park in McHenry, IL

Contact: Charlene Myers-Sponholtz, [email protected]

Cost: $150

 

Three Run Two

Training Begins: June 9

Group Runs: Saturdays. Details for each week’s run posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/3run2) on Friday afternoons.

Contact: [email protected]