Chicago Area Runners Association...Serving Local Runners Since 1978

Learn How CARA Membership Helps the Local Running Community

  • › 'Go Run is Back This Fall!
    'Go Runs are organized, chip-timed, FREE 1 Mile and 5K runs in local parks held every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. this fall from September 24 to November 12 at Humboldt Park, Warren Park, and Washington Park! This program is perfect for new and experienced runners alike. Did we mention it's free?

    Register Today!

  • › Six Runs. Six Bars. Six Beers.

    Join CARA’s premier social fun run program: Six Series. Meet us on Tuesday evenings starting on October 11, for six consecutive weeks at six different bars. Each night includes a run at your pace, cold beer, good eats, fun people, and our famous raffle. All series participants receive a premium shirt. This will sell out quickly!

    Register Now!

  • › VIP is a Great Start to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

    The VIP Experience is an exclusive area just for CARA Marathon runners, friends and family and is located at the Palmer House Hilton in the Exhibit Hall on October 9. It's a comfortable start to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and a fun post-race atmosphere to re-unite, featuring food, beer, and a convenient location!Sign-up Today!


Where Do You 'Go Run Choose your park to Race, Run, Jog, Walk or Volunteer


CARA People

Meet Stephanie & Mark

Read the story of the CARA couple, Stephanie and Mark, from start to finish! The Chicago Area Runners Association is full of amazing people, and sometimes that results in a little match-making magic! Lean how CARA members and Site Coordinators got Stephanie and Mark together and how they helped all the way to their wedding DURING the Chicago Marathon!

› Hear the Wedding Bells

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

The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit has been developed to promote participation local races, to create a competitive structure for area runners and has long been a source of camaraderie for local runners and within and between local running clubs.

Date  Race
Mar 19 Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler
April 3 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K
April 10 The Good Life Race 5K
April 24 Ravenswood Run 5K
May 7 Quarryman Challenge 10 Miler
May 28 Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile
June 4 Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K
June 26 Downers Grove 5 Miler
July 4 Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th
July 31 NU Run for Walk 4.1 Miles
Aug 21 Windrunner 10K
Sept 11 Alpine Races Half Marathon
Sept 24 Park Ridge Charity Classic 5K
Oct 9 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Oct 29 Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase 5K
› Learn More About CARA Circuit Races

Need to Know

  • Register for the Ready to Run 20 Miler: On September 18, 2016, join us as we run the best Chicagoland 20 mile training run on the Chicago Lakefront Path. This fully supported 20-miler mimics the marathon experience. To register click here!

Upcoming Races

Volunteer Now

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

Be a CARA Ambassador and represent the CARA running community across and suburbs!

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