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Meet Jennifer

There's no one particular look/ build of a runner; especially when it comes to distance. The bulk of it is mental and it changes the type of person you are for the better. Things that you once thought were  impossible start to become possible if you place the right plan in motion. 

› Learn about Jennifer's Journey

Meet Anthony

I started running when I was 17 years old to help myself quit smoking. I replaced my bad habit with a good habit and I never looked back.

› Learn about Anthony's Accomplishments

CARA Runners' Choice Circuit

June 7   Roselle Run for the Roses - Sternberg Lighting 5K   Roselle
June 28   Downers Grove 5 Mile   Downers Grove
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
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