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

Learn How CARA Membership Helps the Local Running Community

  • › Looking for a guaranteed entry into the Bank or America Chicago Marathon?
    Join CARA’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon charity team, & raise funds for Road Scholars! It's an innovative approach to inspiring excellence in Chicago at-risk youth. This program challenges teens to train for and complete a half marathon. CARA Road Scholars uses running to teach important lessons in commitment, dedication, and discipline, while improving self-esteem and building confidence. The program is completely free for participating schools and students, providing shoes, running clothes, race entries and transportation at no cost.

    Learn More!

  • › Registration is Open for the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K!

    Registration is officially open for the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K taking place on March 18 at Montrose Beach! This race is the perfect start to any runner's spring season! As one of Chicago's classic distance road races the 10-miler is the kick-off for the 2017 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit, and the 5K allows runners who prefer shorter distances to be a part of the action!

    Register Today!

  • › Keep Running All Season Long with CARA's Winter Pass

    A Midwest winter is no match for you. Join a CARA winter training group. Whether you need a group to keep you focused through the cold months, or you are training for a half or full marathon, CARA’s new Winter Pass is the best value and most versatile group training program in Chicagoland running. Training has started but you can still join the fun! Sign-up Now!




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

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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.

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