Prepare to beat your best

City or suburbs, the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K offers new and veteran runners a variety of training plans guaranteed to help you reach your goals in style.

Finish Line Training

Whatever your distance or experience level, Finish Line Training by Life Time Run will help you prepare to cross the finish line in May. Training options available to all registered event participants include social, supportive group training, a customized running plan or your own personal Certified LTR Coach. Below you’ll find a breakdown on how each training option works.

Group Training
Get the training, support and expert advice you’ll need to be ready for the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K and do so at an incredible price. Group Training is held twice weekly at multiple Chicago locations, for a total of 16-24 sessions of Finish Line Training. Our professional coaching and support — as well as your training partners — will get you across the finish line.

Additional Run Group training benefits and features include:

  • Exclusive LTR Finish Line Training shirt
  • Weekly training guide via email from your coach
  • Printed Training Plan (8 or 12 weeks)
  • Speaker Series
  • Exclusive discount at our official Run Store Partner

Half Marathon Training:
Training begins March 1
$35.00 for 12 weeks of Finish Line Group Run Training
> Register for Downtown Chicago
> Registration for Suburban Locations

10K Training:
Begins March 29
$20.00 for 8 weeks of Finish Line Group Run Training
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> Registration for Suburban Locations

Training Locations:
Downtown Chicago- Diversey Harbor
(Inner Lake Shore Dr. at Diversey Pkwy.)
Suburban Chicago – Life Time Fitness: AlgonquinVernon HillsWarrenville and Romeoville


Run Plan
Are you looking for a customized running plan? A Run Plan from Life Time Run includes detailed workout types & descriptions, built around your goals & schedule. In addition you can combine this customized plan with the group training option for the best of both worlds.
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Run 1:1 Coaching
Whether you are just starting to run, or are training for your next PR, working with a 1:1 Life Time Run Coach provides all the instruction, accountability and motivation you need to reach your goals. Get all of this with the convenience of phone and email support, along with an online training plan delivered via
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Meet The Coaches

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Jamie Thome and Katie Schmid met a decade ago when Katie coached Jamie for her first marathon. Quickly building on that success, they joined forces and made their coaching partnership official in 2010 when Jamie joined Katie’s staff at a Chicago charity endurance program.

With the inception of the downtown Life Time Run training program in February of 2013, Katie and Jamie introduced a unique program that combines a positive and professional training environment applicable to all levels of runners – from a first 5K to a 21st marathon. There is work – it can’t be avoided – but there is fun and camaraderie that aspires to make that work worthwhile.

Both are USATF Level 1 certified coaches who can advise on the javelin and hammer throw during their sessions if needed. They take pride in making running fun, or at least, in making the after-run drinks worth it. Rumor has it, Coach Katie is the mean one; fact is, Coach Jamie is the tall one.

In their spare time, Katie enjoys golfing (Jamie does not), and Jamie enjoys yoga (Katie does not). Neither can coach their own husband, and rely fully on the other to do so.

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