Race Committee Q&A

Ever wonder about the people behind the scenes that make CARA so great? It's dedicated committee members that meet regularly to discuss how to make every race and event better for the Chicago running community year after year. Below are Q&A's with the CARA Race Committee so you can learn a little more about what inspires them to work with CARA, and what makes them love the sport of running, just like you.

Rob Chenoweth

"On my 30th birthday, an old high school teammate called me and reminded me of some vague pact we made to run a marathon by the time we were 30. So I trained with him and ran in the 1999 Chicago Marathon. I’ve been running ever since then."

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Beth Onines

"I am also very proud to be on the race committee because I know with all of my running experience on so many levels can make a difference to help CARA grow all over the Chicago area and the suburbs. Some people may feel they don't need to be a CARA member and I want to change their minds by being on the race committee and offering top-notch races throughout Chicagoland!"

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Robert Wiegand

"People learn to run with CARA, they train for their marathons with CARA, they forge countless relationships thanks to CARA, and they gain motivation for competition because of the CARA Circuit. As a non-profit advocacy group, CARA is always looking to selflessly promote and improve the sport that has become such an important part in many of our lives"

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Kimberley Stedman

"CARA is THE voice of the Chicago Running Community. I have always valued my relationship with CARA and feel privileged to have a voice at the table."

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Will Van Dyke

"I have always enjoyed competing with Ed Packel on the CARA Circuit. Even though he is three years older than me, he usually trounces me in races. I was concerned two years ago when I found out he was being treated for cancer, and had to give up the Circuit for a while. My favorite moments have been watching him come back to the Circuit after his treatment, and slowly but surely getting his mojo back. I was beating him for a time as he recovered, but he is once again trouncing me in races and I hope is fully recovered."

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Nick Benson

"I am proud to be part of an organization that fiercely competes on weekend mornings but not at the expense of helping each runner run their fastest on any given morning."

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Stephanie Hughes Finn

"There is no doubt that CARA defines the running community in the Chicagoland area. It is where serious and recreational runners, newbies and veterans alike, can all come together for training and racing. I love the sense of belonging that CARA brings and I am so proud to belong as a member."

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Ed Packel

"My involvement with running has been an immensely satisfying and rewarding activity for me and I owe much gratitude to the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Running Club (my wife and I are 1981 cofounders of the club) and to CARA"

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