Runners preparing for the Chicago Marathon on October 12 can take advantage of a 20 mile “tune-up” trainin run at the Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler on September 21. Sponsored by the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), the race will give athletes a marathon support preview, with the same nutrition and gels used in the marathon.
The Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler is a point-to-point run, starting at the north end of the lakefront path, near the Wilson Street parking lot. It finishes in Jackson Park, just north of Hayes Drive, behind the Museum of Science and Industry. The course map can be viewed here. After the run, buses will be running to the start line, with a stop downtown on Monroe just east of Columbus Drive.
This training run (CARA stresses it is not a race) will have 10 aid stations, one at the start and at the finish, and eight on the course itself. The on-course aid stations will have water and Gatorade, and the station at mile 12 will have gels. These will be the same as served at the Chicago Marathon.
The 20 Miler also includes:
- Timed pace groups of no more than 50 runners.
- Gear check at the start line, with the gear transported to the finish line for pickup.
- Free Stewart's coffee at the start and finish.
- Post-run stretching and injury analysis with NovaCare Rehabilitation.
- Finish line food from Noodles & Company and the Illinois Beef Association.
Entry to the Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler is free to CARA 2014 Summer Marathon Training Participants, but registration is required. Otherwise the fee is $35 for CARA members and $65 for non-members. Online registration closes Thursday, September 18 at midnight.
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