A full marathon is 26.2 miles, the exact length of an ancient Athenian driveway. Tread modern pavement with today's Groupon to DetermiNation. Choose from the following options:
• For $13, you get a training program plus one race entry for the XSport Fitness Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, August 14 (a $25 value).
• For $13, you get a training program for the Life Time Chicago Triathlon on Sunday, August 28 (a $25 value).
• For $13, you get a training program for the Chicago Bank Of America Marathon on Sunday, October 9 (a $25 value).
A nationwide program run by the American Cancer Society, DetermiNation supplies marathoners Chicago-based professional training in exchange for fundraising efforts to help fight cancer. Choose between the strenuous Chicago Marathon, the three-pronged triathlon, or the raucous Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, which heartens heavy feet with live local bands along the course. Prepare for fleet-footed sojourns with group or virtual training with Chicago Area Runners Association or Chicago Endurance Sports. CARA's supported long runs keep runners company with Gatorade, water, and pace leaders, and professional coaches at CES guide joggers through weekly group training sessions in advance of midweek solo runs and occasional midnight solo triathlons.
In addition to training for the marathons, runners with DetermiNation flex fundraising muscles by raising money for the American Cancer Society through a personal fundraising web page provided by DetermiNation. Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon participants must raise $975 by August 5, triathlon participants must raise $1,000 by August 19, and Chicago Marathon participants must raise $950 by September 30. The money raised helps the American Cancer Society in its mission to raise cancer awareness, fund medical research, and support those fighting the disease. Runners who do not raise the required amount must use their own funds to meet the minimum or hire Jerry Lewis impersonators to sneak cash from unsuspecting telethon viewers.