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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

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

  • The 2015 Big 10 Cross Country Championship in Chicago: Relive the excitement with a race recap! See the recap!

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