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Join CARA today! Becoming a member of the nation’s third largest running organization gives you access to a huge community of healthy, fitness oriented and fun people. In addition, a portion of your dues will help support the CARA Road Scholars Training Program. As a CARA member you will also receive:

  • Discounts on CARA’s expert Training Programs led by our experienced and knowledgeable Site Coordinators and Group Leaders
  • CARA member discounts on race entry fees
  • A one-year (12 month) subscription to Runners World ($20) value. Offer and refund details (One per household.)
  • Significant discounts through our CARA Community Partners Program and CARA Sponsors, which includes chiropractors, health providers, massage, running stores, spas and many more!
  • Access to exclusive members-only race day tents and gear checks at Runners’ Choice Circuit races and other selected races throughout the running season
  • Opportunities to compete for CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit competition awards as well as CARA Participation and Long Distance awards
  • Access to personal coaches at discounted rates as well as access to NovaCare physical therapists at CARA training sites and events
  • Free admission to the CARA Super Clinic, a day long must attend seminar for beginner and veteran marathon runners alike
  • Weekly CARA Connection newsletter with the latest information on happenings in the running community 
  • Access to a huge community of healthy, fitness-oriented and fun people!

Regular Individual Memberships start at just $44.  We will motivate, support and celebrate the runner in you!

Join CARA today!  Click below to register online: 
Individual (including Youth and Senior) Memberships
Family Memberships  

Already a member? Renew your Individual or Family membership here!

Privacy Policy
The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) uses member contact information to provide better communication between the organization and the membership. From time to time we may send you information about products, services or member benefits from our sponsors that we think you may be interested in receiving. You may elect to receive no electronic communication from CARA at any time or to be reinstated should you have elected not to receive electronic communication. CARA does not provide electronic communication information to third parties.

      CARA website photos courtesy of Chad Marek,, copyright 2007.