Chicago Area Runners Association...Serving Local Runners Since 1979

Learn How CARA Membership Helps the Local Running Community

  • › Sign Up for the CARA VIP Experience!

    The VIP Experience is an exclusive area just for CARA Marathon runners, friends and family! --It's a comfortable start to the Chicago Marathon and a fun post-race atmosphere to re-unite. Food, beer, TV, and a convenient location.

  • › Summer Marathon Training Program...There's Still Time!

    If you are still deciding between DIY training or a group program, we still have some openings. CARA offers 11 sites, city and suburbs for flexibility. 

  • › CARA Ready to Run 20 Miler Registration Now Open!

    On Sunday September 20, 2015, join CARA for the best Chicagoland 20 mile training run on the Chicago Lakefront path. Fully supported with pacers, hydration and gels. Point-to-point course from the North side -- Wilson Ave. beach to the South side -- Jackson Park. This is your 20 mile tune before the Chicago Marathon. Entry discount for CARA Members and Marathon Training Program participants.


CARA People

Meet Jeff & Jackie

Jackie (my finacee) and I met the very first time we showed up to a CARA event!  Back in 2011, we both showed up for a CARA Wednesday run at Montrose and became fast friends. 

› Learn how Jeff's and Jackie fell in love

Meet Jessica

As the older of two siblings, I like to think my younger brother Bill looks up to me. But when he took up running and I was left watching from the sidelines as my baby brother crossed yet another finish line, I decided to give following in his footsteps a try (literally!) and signed up for my first 5k.

› Following in My Brother’s Footsteps … For 3.1 miles

CARA Runners' Choice Circuit

July 4   Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th   Elmhurst
July 11   Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Mile   Darien
August 9   Northwestern University Run for Walk 4.1 Miles   Evanston
August 23   Windrunner 10K   Wheaton
September 6   Buffalo Grove Stampede 10K   Buffalo Grove
September 13   Alpine Races Half Marathon   Lake Zurich
› Checkout the other CARA Circuit Races

Need to Know


Upcoming Races

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Get involved with CARA through volunteering. Become a training Group Leader, CARA Roads Scholars mentor, support local races, partner events and community clean up activities. Learn more.

Help your fellow runners to achieve their goals by becoming a CARA Group Leader

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