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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 15 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.

We are in the midst of our summer training season, geared for fall marathons and half marathons. We meet for our long runs every Saturday morning at 6:40 am in Parking Lot C of Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The mileage varies, depending on the training schedule which may be found in the Calendar and Training sections of this website. The training is geared for the Chicago Marathon on October 9 and the Chicagoland Half Marathon on September 25. The programs can be customized for other fall races as well. We offer organized pace groups from 8 to 12 minutes per mile, providing camaraderie and advice, with established routes for each run. Hydration is provided at the start and on the course, both Gatorade and water. There is a group run every Wednesday night from the Lake Bluff Metra Station starting at 6:30 pm. It may be from 3 to 6 miles, with optional food and beverages afterwards.   

Our annual dues remain at $50. Current CARA members receive a $10 discount. Your annual membership includes planned training runs with hydration on the routes, free end of season parties in the spring and fall, an NSDRC logo'ed piece of apparel, and a 15% discount off running gear at Runningwarehouse.com. These benefits are worth from $100 to $200.  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. To qualify for the CARA member discount, please use discount code CARA2016. 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. 

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. 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.


Offseason runs until mid-December - published: Friday, October 21, 2016
Since most of our members have completed their fall marathon or half marathon, we are in offseason mode. All off season runs start at 7 am from the Panera in Lake Bluff, at the southeast corner of Waukegan and Route 176. These are casual, fun runs. They can be at whatever distance and pace that you feel like running. They have no prescribed distance, formal pace groups, or hydration. There are plenty of trails and bike paths to choose from. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us for no fee. The off season runs will continue until mid December, when we begin our winter training for a spring marathon or half marathon. 
Fall Marathon Training Starts June 11 - published: Thursday, June 09, 2016

As a reminder, we start our summer season training for a fall race this Saturday. Announcements will start promptly at 6:45 am from Parking Lot C in Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The marathon training mileage is 6 for Novice, 8 for Intermediate, and 10 for Advanced. We are offering an official half marathon program this summer, targeted to the 9/25 Chicago Half Marathon. The half marathon program mileage is 4 miles. We ask that our members volunteer with some responsibility during the summer, typically hydration but it can also be bringing treats, newsletter assistance, photographer, or anything else that can help. If you haven’t signed up already, please review the current hydration and volunteer schedule and let me know what you’d like to assist with. It may be found at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tmOP4v7IwgIpigvy6jFwxY4shAHszeUXui01cf8ojOM/edit?usp=sharing. As a reminder, we will continue to offer midweek runs on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 starting from the parking lot of Half Day Brewing Company at 200 Village Green in Lincolnshire. This allows for easy access to the Des Plaines River Trail, as well as an option to join some of your fellow runners for beer and dinner after the run. I will be gone for the first two Saturdays and there won’t be a newsletter next week. Have a great couple of weeks of training.

Latest NSDRC news: - published: Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Updated announcements may be found in the NSDRC newsletter which is in the Club Newsletters section of our website or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthShoreDistanceRunning/.