Training Programs : Marathon Training: 2020

Chicago Endurance Sports Marathon Training Program | 2020

"I'm forever grateful for this group. You are so much more than a running group. I signed up about 2 years ago to get myself back into running after my ACL reconstruction surgery.
I had no idea I was also signing up for a family!"

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The marathon. It's a defining moment in the life of anyone who has ever completed one. Now, you can train with us to be part of one of the greatest events in the world. Not racing in Chicago? You can train with us for other nearby marathons, too.

We have created a custom, 19-week training program that will prepare you for the race, no matter what your experience level is. Looking for a PR? Our coaches will challenge you with a challenging, effective, smart training program to help you record a personal best at this year's marathon. Get motivated, meet some great people, have fun and get in shape all at the same time.

Training Dates & Locations

The Summer Marathon Training program will be available at four of the Chicago-area Fleet Feet stores. Pick the location that works best for you. Each one provides a welcoming, central location to start and end the workout, a secure place for your personal gear and to meet up with your training companions after the long runs for coffee or breakfast. If you can't make it to your regular location, you can still join the gang at the other location.

First Group Training Session Dates:

  • Old Town, Elmhurst & South Loop: Saturday, June 6th
  • Lincoln Square: Sunday, June 7th

Group Training Locations:

Group training sessions are held twice weekly at each location:

  • Fleet Feet: Elmhurst (124 West Schiller Street, Elmhurst)
    • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 6:30 a.m.
  • Fleet Feet: Lincoln Square (4762 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago)
    • Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, 6:30 a.m.
  • Fleet Feet: Old Town (1706 N. Wells Street, Chicago)
    • Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 6:00 a.m. (run/walk pace groups) & 6:30 a.m. (run only pace groups)
  • Fleet Feet: South Loop (150 W. Roosevelt, Chicago. In the Roosevelt Collection)
    • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 6:30 a.m.

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Limited Space Available

In order to maintain the high quality that CES is known for (and which participants expect of CES), this program has a limited number of registrations available. This popular program WILL SELL OUT — don't miss your chance — register today!

Group Training Descriptions: "What happens at training?"

Weekday workout: We'll meet at the store, then head out for our run

These mid-week runs focus on form, strength and speed. Our coaching staff will be present to help teach, challenge and motivate you.

WEDNESDAY AM WORKOUT OPTION AVAILABLE: Can't make it to your night workout? We also have a morning group training option on Wednesday's at 6:00 a.m. starting on June 17th that meets at the Montrose/Wilson lakefront track (see map)

Weekend workout: We'll meet at the store, then head out for our run

These workouts are reserved for the long, slow distance runs so important to the success of endurance runners. Pace Leaders or Mentors will guide you at the appropriate pace and Chicago Endurance Sports coaches will accompany you to motivate and respond to any concerns or questions that arise along the way.

Program Benefits

Not only do you get to have a lot of fun, but you also get a ton of great stuff too. Check it out:


CES Alumni New Members
Group Training Program* $237 $262

*Limited to maximum of 700 participants.

Virtual Training Program CES Alumni New Members
Training PLUS "The Long Run" and "Race Day Resort" $146 $156
Training ONLY (does NOT include "Race Day Resort") $106 $116

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Marathon Training for Chicago

Pace Groups for All Levels

Sometimes we need a little help from our friends. We need motivation to start and encouragement to keep it going and support that says we are doing a good job. Our Chicago Endurance Sports Pacers and Mentors are the best in the business in keeping a consistent training pace, showing path etiquette and keeping us safe on the popular Chicagoland running paths no matter your pace or experience level.

Run Paces

  • Groups from 7:30 to 11:30 minutes per mile, in 30-second increments (i.e. 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, etc.)

Run/Walk Paces (Run/Walk pace groups available at ALL locations)

  • 8 Minute Run With 1 Minute Walk Interval (8/1)
    • 10:30 minute/mile
  • 5 Minute Run With 1 Minute Walk Interval (5/1)
    • 10:30
    • 11:00
    • 11:30-12:00
    • 12:00-12:30
  • 3 Minute Run With 2 Minute Walk Interval (3/2 progresses to 4/2)
    • 12:30-13:30

Click here to learn about our amazing Pacers and Mentors.

Note: If you are interested in becoming a pacer, or know of someone who might be interested, please contact us at for additional information.

Our Coaching Staff

We're extremely proud of our professional, experienced coaching staff — they always go the extra mile to make sure you have a fun, successful training season! Why is it so important to have qualified coaches? They can:

  • Evaluate your current fitness level and goals to make sure you are training at an appropriate level
  • Evaluate and suggest ways to improve your running form
  • Assist you if you need to adjust your training schedule, in the event of an injury or missed training due to travel or unforeseen circumstances
  • Motivate and challenge you to reach your goals in a smart, safe & effective manner

Click here for more information or to reach out to any of our awesome coaches!

Charity Partners: Training For A Cause

Are you looking to make your marathon even more meaningful? Running for a charity can give your training more purpose and meaning, while helping bring attention and support to a cause that is personal to you. Chicago Endurance Sports is proud to partner with a wide variety of wonderful charities that have guaranteed registrations to The Bank of America Chicago Marathon. And, as a thank you for helping raise important funds, most of these charities will also cover your registration fee for the Chicago Endurance Sports Summer Marathon Training program. In 2019 alone, CES helped offset over $60,000 worth of training fees, helping over 840 athletes and their charity partners give more to their cause.Visit our Charity Partners page and consider joining one of these outstanding organizations.

Chicago Marathon Charity Training


The Long Run: Chicago Endurance Sports 20 Mile Training Run

Saturday, September 19 — Finish your training for the marathon in style with "The Long Run" — a fully supported 20-mile group long run. Take advantage of the assistance of pacers, refuel and re-energize at the aid stations stocked with water and Gatorade Endurance every few miles, enjoy the support and motivation of the coaches and relax after this "dress rehearsal" for your effort with post-run stretching and massage from Aligned Modern Health and food and beverages to jump start your recovery.

NOTE: Entry to "The Long Run" is strictly limited to registered CES training members and our special, invited guests (Fleet Feet Racing Team, Charity Partner Guests, etc.)..

Chicago Marathon Training Long Run


Race Day Resort

Experience what sets the Chicago Endurance Sports Marathon Training Program above the rest when you celebrate the conclusion of your satisfying journey in style at our Exclusive Pre/Post Race Day Resort, only steps away from the Start and Finish of the Marathon. Take advantage of private gear check and indoor bathrooms, replenish all of those burned calories after your effort and get your recovery started at the outstanding food buffet, luxuriate with a rewarding post-race massage & stretching from Aligned Modern Health, compression recovery boots from NormaTec, free medal engraving and much more. (Friends and family can join in the festivities, enjoy a light breakfast/lunch and watch the race on TV at the resort for an optional fee.) All of these fantastic amenities are included in your registration fee, but ONLY if you are a registered CES GROUP participant (Virtual Training participants may purchase access separately.)

  • Secure Gear Check
  • Dry, Indoor area to warm up prior to event in case of inclement weather
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • A quarter mile from the start and finish
  • Post Race buffet to start your recovery off right
  • Open Bar
  • Post Race massage, stretch and support from Aligned Modern Health
  • Compression recovery boots from NormaTec
  • FREE medal engraving
  • Friends & Family guest access available (additional fee required, limited tickets available)
    • A light breakfast before the start and a place for friends and family to wait for you to finish.
    • Big Screen TV and live streaming of the marathon
    • (Entrance to CES Race Day Resort will be strictly enforced and will require either a sticker for CES participants or a bracelet for family or friends.)


FREE Online Training Schedule & Log

Your daily training schedules will be delivered via online training log to help you achieve your goals. Log training & meals, track daily metrics (weight, sleep, etc.), upload workouts from your training devices (80+ devices supported, GPS, HR monitors, etc.), FREE iPhone app and mobile site available and MUCH more!


Clinics & Seminars

To reach your goals, you need to do more than simply put in the miles. Our Coaches and expert speakers present information & clinics on a variety of topics including:

  • Good Form Running — become a faster, more efficient runner — with less effort!
  • Tools & Gadgets for Endurance Runners (GPS, Heart Rate monitors, iPhone apps, etc.)
  • Helpful Recovery tools & techniques
  • Core & Strength Training
  • Injury Prevention & Flexibility
  • Food as Fuel: Sports Nutrition
  • Mental Skills Training
  • Comprehensive Race Prep

Virtual Training Option

Live too far away and can't make it to the group workouts? Schedule conflicts keep you from making ANY of the group training sessions?

Here's the solution, the Virtual Training option. You'll receive your daily training schedule and coaching support online (via Training Peaks), access to race day amenities, as well as the weekly email newsletter with coaching tips, race updates and more. The virtual program is a unique way to train on your own with virtual support from a helpful team of coaches.


  • CES Team Shirt is included with registration (*shipping not included)
  • Virtual training athletes can purchase access to "Race Day Resort" ($75 value) for an additional, discounted fee.


How to Register

Online registration is available by clicking on the link below:

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Refund Policy

No refunds will be provided in full or in part for any reason, including injury, after a program begins. No prorated fees are provided for late enrollments.


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