Welcome to CARA!

We are Chicagoland running.


CARA People

Meet Nancy

Many people ask me what has contributed to my longevity and sustaining enthusiasm with this sport. The overarching aspect is where I find the joy of being in the running community with my fellow running friends, as we strive to do our best while also having fun. I like to say that “Running is like being kids again; playing hard on the playground!”

› Learn why Nancy keeps running year after year

Meet Penny

Penny has been running almost 5 years but still considers herself a “newbie.”  In 2014 she reached her running goal - to do her first marathon at the Chicago Marathon.  Penny has a never give up positive attitude and a secret identity of “the Comeback Kid.”

› Learn more about why Penny loves CARA

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

Need to Know

  • Join us for beer, food, fun and everything marathon at the Marathon 101 Workshop on March 25 at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Upcoming Races

Volunteer Now

Support our youth program, CARA Road Scholars and volunteer with CARA at the F^3 Half Marathon January 24 at Aid Station 3!

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 Chicagoland...city and suburbs! 

Email Matthew today to find out about all of our volunteer opportunities. 

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Proud CARA Sponsors

Thanks to our title sponsors!