Who we are:
We are a running club for distance runners. Runners interested in training for half and full marathons should consider us. During our 16 years of existence, the North Shore Distance Running Club has successfully trained hundreds of runners to run their best marathon or half marathon. Our President is an RRCA
Certified Running Coach. Cumulatively, our members have completed well over 1000 marathons. This vast wealth of knowledge and experience has been recognized by CARA
, who has chosen to partner with the NSDRC for their Winter and Summer Marathon Training Programs. We conduct training programs for half and full marathons year round, targeting a local race in the spring and in the fall. We have runners training from 8 minutes per mile to over 12 minute miles. Of course, you are welcome to join us for the social and fitness benefits, even if you aren't planning on running a marathon or half marathon.
Our winter / spring season started on Saturday, December 17th. As we have for the past 16 years, we begin at 7 am from the East Lake Forest Train Station – 701 N. McKinley Road. Anyone is welcome to join us, whether you are training for a spring marathon or just want to stay in shape over the winter. We have designed a program that will cater to runners training for Big Sur, Boston, Flying Pig, Illinois, or Wisconsin marathons. Additionally, we will are now offering a half marathon training program for the Cary March Madness Half marathon. The routes enable everyone to run together for most of the course. Even folks not running a spring marathon or half marathon can participate, and only run the first loop or a portion of it, which is generally 8 to 10 miles. Feel free to join whether you are an NSDRC alumni, a former CARA Marathon Training Program participant, or have just heard about us through word of mouth.
If you haven’t run much outdoors in the winter, t’s not as bad as you expect. As long as you dress properly, it’s fine. Wear layers. Since you make your own heat, you warm up quickly. We run through the streets of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, past estates and mansions and along the lakefront. It can be beautiful, even when there’s snow on the ground. If you are interested in joining us, but not sure about running in the winter, feel free to try it out for a few weeks before committing to become a member.
Our annual dues this year remain at $50. Current CARA members receive a $10 discount. Your annual membership includes organized group training runs with hydration on the routes, free end of season parties in the spring and fall, free cool NSDRC swag, a 15% discount off running gear at Runningwarehouse.com, plus other benefits throughout the year. If the $40 or $50 is more than you are able to afford, please let us know. We offer discounts for hardship situations, clergy, and students. Registration is now on line at this site under the Membership tab: http://nsdrc.net/Membership/OnlineRegistration.aspx. To qualify for the CARA member discount, please use discount code CARA2017. You will then be asked to enter your membership number and expiration date, which we will check with the CARA office to insure it is current. Please register between now and our first run on December 17. There will be no on-site registration.
We ask that all of our members volunteer to assist with some task in order to keep the dues low. Typically, members volunteer to put out hydration that the club provides once during the season. We expect to have a completed hydration schedule by the end of this year. If you don’t want to handle hydration, you may volunteer to assist with the weekly newsletter content, help with our website, serve on the social committee, or perform some other activity that may benefit the club. Please select your first and second choices for volunteering when you register. Volunteering is voluntary, not mandatory. You can volunteer once, many times, or not at all.