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

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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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Thanks to our title sponsors!