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

Learn How CARA Membership Helps the Local Running Community

  • › Sign Up for the CARA VIP Experience!

    The VIP Experience is an exclusive area just for CARA Marathon runners, friends and family! --It's a comfortable start to the Chicago Marathon and a fun post-race atmosphere to re-unite. Food, beer, TV, and a convenient location. Save up to $20 with Early Bird pricing if you purchase before the Chicago Marathon Expo!

  • › Registration for Boston Performance is Now Open!

    Register for the 15 week program, starting January 2, that offers personalized training combined with the camaraderie of group workouts led by world-class coaches! Early bird pricing is available until October 16th - receive $10 off! This program is for Boston Qualifiers and Spring Marathoners.

  • › Join our CARA Road Scholar Volunteer Program!

    Train and mentor CARA Road Scholars Students! Volunteers are the backbone of the CARA Road Scholars program.

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CARA People

Meet Jeff & Jackie

Jackie (my finacee) and I met the very first time we showed up to a CARA event!  Back in 2011, we both showed up for a CARA Wednesday run at Montrose and became fast friends. 

› Learn how Jeff's and Jackie fell in love

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




Overall winners will be decided by total points (15 for 1st, 14 for 2nd,..1 for 15th) from all four races. Cash prizes for the Series will be $100, $75 and $50 for first, second and third in each category, for a total of $900.

Upcoming Races

Volunteer Now

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.

Help your fellow runners to achieve their goals by becoming a CARA Group Leader

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

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