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

Learn How CARA Membership Helps the Local Running Community


CARA People

Meet Mike

Today my day is not complete without some form of physical activity.  I have been a Group Leader for CARA for their marathon training, half-marathon training and beginner runner programs.  Running has become a part of me and CARA has been a great motivator for me.

› Learn about Mike's Transformation

Meet Tim

My youngest son was 15 and decided to start doing triathlons.  I thought it would be fun to share that so I started training for triathlons. 

› Learn about Tim's running

CARA Runners' Choice Circuit

March 29   Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K   Chicago
April 12   Good Life Race 5K*   Oak Park
April 18   Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler   Chicago
April 26   Ravenswood Run 5K   Chicago
May 9   Quarryman 10 Mile    Lemont
May 23   Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile   Chicago

*The 2014 CARA Runners Choice Circuit Race of the Year

› Checkout the other CARA Circuit Races

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Volunteer Now

Get involved with CARA through volunteerism...Training Group Leader, 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 for training programs. 

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

Email Matthew today to find out about CARA volunteer opportunities. 

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