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

Learn How CARA Membership Helps the Local Running Community

  • › Spring Half-Marathon Training Starts Soon So Register Now!

    Registration is open now! Spring into action for the 2016 running season with training for an early spring half marathon! CARA's Spring Half Marathon Training Program will motivate you as Chicago is in bloom and prepare you for whatever target race you have in your sights! The program is 12 weeks and starts February 13, 2016!

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  • › Sprint to Donate & Be Entered to Win Great Prizes Now! RUNderland Initiative Ending Soon!

    This is the last week to donate! The mercury may be dropping, but CARA is no fair-weather friend. Since 1978 we’ve been stoking the fires of running in Chicagoland, celebrating all that makes our running community burn so bright. Please celebrate with us all that made 2015 memorable and join us in our wish to make 2016 even brighter. Every single contribution will help, and some will give you the chance to get a whole lot in return! Donations of $50 will be entered into drawings for special CARA prize packs. A gift of $1,500 or more will win one lucky person the amazing 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Athlete Experience.

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  • › Early Bird Pricing for the Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Ends Soon: Buy Today!

    The Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K, on March 19, 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 2016 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit. Register by Janauary 31st to receive the early bird registration rate and save as much as $30 off full price registration for the 10 Miler or $20 for the 5K (includes CARA member discount).

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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 25 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

  • The Nazi Olympics Exhibition: Nazi Olympics features athletes who were barred because of their ethnic heritage, or who, like Jesse Owens, competed and won, challenging Hitler’s “master race” dogma. Opens February 21, 2016.

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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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