Chicago Endurance Sports

Marathon Training

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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Marathon Training Program: 2017

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—The Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Not racing in Chicago? You can train with us for other nearby marathons, too.

We have created a custom, 19-week training 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 challenging, effective, smart training! Get motivated, meet some great people, have fun and get in shape all at the same time!


Four (4) Fleet Feet Sports Training Locations
"The Long Run": Chicago Endurance Sports 20 Mile Training Run
Race Day Resort: AMAZING VIP Treatment at the Chicago Marathon

Train for ANY Fall Marathon:

Not planning to run the Chicago Marathon? The Chicago Endurance Sports coaches will modify your training schedule to fit many other fall marathons. You can still do your long runs with the group. You don't have to do it alone.

Registration fills up fast, so join today:

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Charities: Training For A Cause

Chicago Endurance Sports is partnered with many wonderful charities that have guaranteed registrations to The Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Most of these charities will also cover your registration for Chicago Endurance Sports Marathon Training. More importantly, they can give your training more purpose and meaning, while helping bring attention and support to a cause that could be personal to you. Visit our Charities & Sponsors page and consider joining one of these outstanding organizations.

Are You Ready for Training?

Follow the links below to find out about this innovative, fun, successful training program:


Limited Space Available

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

Chicago Endurance Sports Marathon Training Open House

Once you've made that big decision to run a marathon in 2015, join the coaches of Chicago Endurance Sports at an Open House at our training locations to explore all of the training options available to you. Attendees will have the opportunity to run with the CES Pace Team, meet and talk with CES Coaches, and register for the training training program. Those who are already registered for Marathon Training will be able to pick up their training shirt & other sponsor goodies. The Open House is free to those who RSVP.

Chicago Endurance Sports Marathon Training New Member Orientation

Chicago Endurance Sports will present all of the information and inspiration a new member needs after our first workouts on June 3rd and 4th. The training program will explain TrainingPeaks, our coaching philosophies, how to contact coaches and the common habits of our most successful participants.


Training 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:

  • Four (4) Fleet Feet Sports Training Locations available
  • Professional, experienced (and nice!) coaches (more details)
  • Personalized, daily training schedule for all levels — delivered via FREE TrainingPeaks account
  • Performance running singlet from Nike to the first 700 registrants (GROUP participants only)
  • Running and Run-Walk training training programs and pace groups (more details)
  • Weekly newsletter with tips on training and training program updates
  • Weekly Q & A with our coaches on training at all workout sessions
  • Coached group training — twice a week
  • Pace Leaders for multiple paces and distances
  • Post-workout stretching with pacers & coaches
  • The CES Long Run — a fully Supported 20-Mile Long Run (like the rest of our long runs, only WAY better!) See additional details below.
  • Race Day Resort — The PREMIER race day accommodations for the Chicago Marathon! (see additional details below)
  • Restrooms, changing rooms, secure gear storage and water are available at all of our group training sessions!
  • Smart ID shoe tag for emergency info
  • Sponsor Benefits:
    Discounts/promotions from our partners:
    • FREE Fitness checkup or Injury screening at AthletiCo Sports Medicine
    • Discount on Video Gait Analysis at AthletiCo
    • FREE Clif Bar product samples
  • Educational seminars & clinics (more info below)
  • and much more!

The Long Run: 20 Mile Training Run


Saturday,September 16th - Finish your training for the marathon in style with "The Long Run" — a fully supported group long run that is produced by the team behind such wonderful events as the Ravenswood Run, Soldier Field 10 Mile and more for Fleet Feet Sports. Take advantage of the assistance of pacers, refuel and reenergize at the aid stations stocked with water and Gatorade every few miles, enjoy the support and motivation of the Chicago Endurance Sports coaches and relax after this "dress rehearsal" for your effort with post-run stretching and massage from Athletico and food and beverages to start your recovery in style.

NOTE: Entry to "The Long Run" is strictly open to Group Training members and those that have purchased access (Virtual Training members, Charity Guests, etc.).

Race Day Resort

Experience what sets CES marathon training 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 Chicago Marathon Start and Finish. 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 Athletico physical therapists, 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 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 AthletiCo
  • FREE medal engraving
  • Official Finisher's Gear available for purchase
  • Friends & Family 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 Training Peaks Online Training Schedule & Log

Your daily training schedules will be delivered via Training Peaks — the leading Interactive web based training and nutrition 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!

Training Days & Locations

FOUR (4) Locations to Choose From:

The Summer Marathon Training training program will now be available at five of the Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports stores! 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!

Group training sessions are held twice weekly at each location:

  • Fleet Feet Sports — Old Town (1620 N. Wells Street, Chicago)
    Wednesday, 6:30pm & Saturday, 6:00 (run/walk) & 6:30am (run)
  • Fleet Feet Sports — Lincoln Square (4762 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago) 
    Thursday, 6:30pm & Sunday, 6:30am
  • Fleet Feet Sports — South Loop (150 W. Roosevelt, in the Roosevelt Collection)
    Tuesday, 6:30pm & Saturday, 6:30am
  • Fleet Feet Sports — Elmhurst (124 West Schiller Street)
    Tuesday, 6:30pm & Saturday, 6:00am

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You get to pick the location that works the best for you! This also means that if you can't make it to your regular location, you can still join the gang at the other location! Everybody wins!

Morning Group Training Option — Start your day off right!

Can't make the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night run in the city? Enjoy starting your day with a rewarding workout?

A Chicago Endurance Sports coach will lead our Wednesday Sunrise 6:00am group runs each week:

  • Wednesdays: 6:00am (starting June 8th) at Diversey and the Running Path (see map)

Old Town, Elmhurst, & South Loop: Saturday, June 3rd
Lincoln Square: Sunday, June 4th

For a little more detail on what happens at those sessions, read on...

Mid-Week Group Sessions — we'll meet at the store (evening workouts ONLY), 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!

Saturdays/Sundays — 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 CES coaches will accompany you to motivate and respond to any concerns or questions that arise along the way.

Restrooms, changing rooms, secure gear storage and water are available at all of our group training sessions!

Pace Groups for All Levels

We all 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. The CES 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.

Click here to see more about our amazing CES 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.

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

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!

Virtual Training Option

NEW FOR 2017: Now includes team shirt!* (*shipping not included)

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 training program is a unique way to train on your own with virtual support from a helpful team of coaches.

Virtual training athletes can purchase access to "The Long Run" ($10) and "Race Day Resort" ($30) for an additional fee.


How to Register

Online registration is available at by clicking on the link below:

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  New Members CES Alumni
Group Training training program* $254 $229

*Limited to maximum of 700 participants.

Virtual Training training program New Members  CES Alumni
Training PLUS "The Long Run" and "Race Day Resort" $149 $139
Training ONLY $109 $99

Good news for new CES members! Once you participate in ANY CES training program, you are a CES alumni for life and will save on future training programs!

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


Fleet Feet Sports - Official Running Retail Partner Athletico - Official Provider of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Clif Bar - Official Energy Bar & Gel Partner Nike


Please contact us at or call 866-237-7861 for more information.

Marathon Training More Info »

Program Start: Old Town, South Loop, and Elmhurst, Saturday, June 3rd; Lincoln Square, Sunday, June 4th
Program Schedule: 19-week program. Times and locations vary.
Goal Race: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Program Fee: Group Training Program - $254; Virtual Training Program Plus The Long Run and Race Day Resort - $149; Virtual Training Only - $109 (Special Program Pricing for CES Alumni)
Description: 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—The Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Not racing in Chicago? You can train with us for other nearby marathons, too. Chicago Endurance Sports has created a custom, 20-week 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 challenging, effective, smart training! Get motivated, meet some great people, have fun and get in shape all at the same time!
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