Training Programs :: Winter Warriors

The CES Winter Warriors Half Marathon & 10K Training Program 2018/2019

Need a GOAL this winter? Join us and become a Winter Warrior!

The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of running. If you've been training all summer & fall, chances are you're in the best shape you've been in all season. DON'T STOP NOW - JOIN US!

Train in Chicago - celebrate in Surf City!

Winter Warriors

Even if you haven't been running, no worries, this is the perfect way to get 2019 off to a fit start. The CES Winter Warriors Training Program will help maintain or improve your fitness — especially during the "challenging" holiday season. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the most important thing: It's a lot of fun! Join our program, and prepare for a Half Marathon or 10K (or simply maintain your fitness over the winter), all while enjoying the company and support of your fellow Winter Warriors!

Start WARM, Finish WARM!

Winter Warriors starts and finishes at Fleet Feet Sports — a WARM, DRY place to start, pickup last minute gear or nutrition needs, a safe place for your personals, and a fun place to finish and stretch with your running buddies after the long runs.

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Celebrate your Winter Fitness at One (or more) of The Following Goal Races:

Surf City Half MarathonF^3 Lake Half Marathon

After successfully training through the winter, there's nothing better than celebrating your commitment together at one of the following, premier events:

  • F^3 Lake Half Marathon & 5K (1/26/19) — stay local and enjoy an awesome race on the lakefront!
  • Surf City Half Marathon & 5K (2/3/19) — our OFFICIAL CES destination for 2019 — great weather, great friends and great running! See below for some of the AMAZING benefits of training AND traveling with CES!

Only Available to CES Winter Warriors

  • Discounted Half Marathon race entry to Surf City Half Marathon
  • Team Activities (some fees may apply)
    • Pre-Race Shakeout Run with Coaches & teammates
    • Pre-Race Team Dinner
    • Pre/Post Race Team tent for gear check & a place to gather
    • Post-Race Team Social — first drink is on us!


Group Training Program CES Alumni New Members
Elmhurst Location: Half Marathon or 10K (12-weeks) $179 $199
Chicago Locations: Half Marathon (12-weeks) $179 $199
Chicago Locations: 10K (9-weeks) $124 $144
Virtual Training Program CES Alumni New Members
$84 $94

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Please note: Race entry fees are NOT included in the training program fees, unless otherwise specified.

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.

Training Days & Locations

Elmhurst will be hosting 12-weeks of training for both Half Marathon & 10K athletes. Chicago locations will have 12-weeks for the Half Marathon athletes and 9-weeks for the 10K athletes (due to our Fall 8K program ending on Thanksgiving)

FOUR, Fun Locations to Choose From!

The Winter Warriors program is available at FOUR Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports stores! Group training sessions are held twice/week at each location:

  • Tuesdays & Saturdays at the South Loop location (150 W Roosevelt, Roosevelt Collection)
  • Tuesdays & Saturdays at the Elmhurst location (124 N. Schiller St., Elmhurst, IL)
  • Wednesdays & Saturdays at the Old Town location (1706 N. Wells St) OR
  • Thursdays & Sundays at the Lincoln Square location (4762 N. Lincoln)

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 store! Everybody wins!


  • Elmhurst:
    • Half Marathon & 10K Athletes - Saturday, November 10th
  • South Loop:
    • Half Marathon Athletes: Saturday, November 10th
    • 10K Athletes: Tuesday, November 27th
  • Old Town:
    • Half Marathon Athletes: Saturday, November 10th
    • 10K Athletes: Wednesday, November 28th
  • Lincoln Square:
    • Half Marathon Athletes: Sunday, November 11th
    • 10K Athletes: Thursday, November 29th

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

Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays — 6:30pm at Fleet Feet Sports (we'll meet at the store, then head out for our run)

The focus of these mid-week runs will be on form, strength & speed. Our coaching staff will be on hand to help teach, challenge and motivate you!

Saturdays/Sundays — 7:30am and 7:50am* at Fleet Feet Sports (we'll meet at the store, then head out for the run)

These days are reserved for the long, slow distance runs that are so important to the success of endurance runners. Pace Leaders are available to guide you at the appropriate pace. Our coaches will also run with you to motivate you and help with any concerns or questions that come up along the way.

*To better manage the congestion of our weekend group runs out of Old Town only we have a separate start time for the Run/Walk & 10K program (7:30am) and the Continuous Run program (7:50am). All other locations have a start time of 7:30am for ALL athletes.

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


Limited Space Available

In order to maintain the high quality that CES is known for (and which participants expect of CES), this program has limited space available. This program will sell out, so sign up today! Participants in our GROUP training program will receive one of our famous, custom, Winter Warriors hoodies! Sizes will be given out on a first come first serve basis, so pick up yours as soon as possible. We will not hold onto or reserve a size. The WW hoodie is available for Group Training participants only — register today!

Virtual Training Option

Do you live too far away? Can't make it to any of the Group training sessions because of conflicts? Try our Virtual Training option! You'll receive your schedule online as well as a weekly email update with coaching tips, race updates and more. Most importantly, you'll have email access to our Virtual Team coaching staff, to help you through the season's ups and downs, answer your questions and provide motivation.

In order to keep the fees as low as possible, we do NOT include the Winter Warriors apparel incentive in the fees for the Virtual Training option.


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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:

  • 12 weeks of wonderful half marathon winter training to keep you motivated through the holidays and in shape into the spring
  • A warm, dry place to start and finish the runs, store your personals and go for coffee!
  • Professional, experienced (and nice!) coaches (more details)
  • Coached group training — 2X per week
    • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 6:30pm
    • Saturday or Sunday 7:30am and 7:50am*
    • (more details)
  • Detailed, daily training schedule for all levels — delivered via FREE Training Peaks account
  • Running AND Run-Walk training programs are available at ALL locations, led by the experienced CES Pace Team
  • Half Marathon Pace Leaders for paces ranging from 8:00 minute per mile through 13:30 pace (availability differs at each location).
  • 10K athletes will be led by experienced Mentors & Coaches
  • Post-workout flexibility sessions with pacers & coaches
  • Weekly newsletter with tips on training & program updates
  • Weekly tips for training & Q & A at all training sessions with our coaches
  • Custom, Winter Warriors hoodie! (Sizes distributed on a first come first served basis to Group Training Members only)
  • Smart ID shoe tag — run safely!
  • Discounts/promotions from our partners & sponsors
  • Educational seminars & clinics (more info below)
  • Fun, team social activities:
    • "CES Holiday Run", a fun group run, with prizes, yummy treats and more!
  • and much more!

*To better manage the congestion of our weekend group runs out of Old Town only we have a separate start time for the Run/Walk & 10K program — 7:30am and the Continuous Run program 7:50am. All other locations have a start time of 7:30am.


Clinics & Seminars

If you truly want to reach your goals, you need to do more than just put in the miles! Our expert speakers & Coaches will present clinics on a variety of topics including:

  • Cross Training
  • Core & Strength Training
  • Dress for Success — How to dress for cold weather running
  • Injury Prevention & Flexibility
  • Food as Fuel: Sports Nutrition
  • Comprehensive Race Prep
  • And More...


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 life in general
  • Motivate and challenge you to reach your goals in a smart, safe & effective manner

Click here for more information on our awesome coaches!


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