Greg Hipp

Executive Director

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Greg has held several roles for CARA since joining the staff in 2015, including Director of Events & Marketing. During his tenure with CARA, Greg has operated in a number of capacities, including program strategy, marketing, race direction and social media management.

As the Director of Events and Marketing, Greg was integral to the direction of the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit and the implementation of the neighborhood ‘Go Runs. As well as the successful growth of the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K, the Orangetheory Fitness Ready to Run 20 Miler and CARA’s Marathon VIP Experience.

Greg has been a long advocate for running, directing his first road race in 1995 and since directing or serving in a leadership role, in 100's of running events before arriving at CARA including the Nike Great American Cross Country Festival, the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Festival and Marathon, the Big Ten Cross Country Championship in Chicago, two NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships along with numerous other track and field, cross-country and road racing events. Greg has also been active in both USATF and USTFCCCA previously serving on the cross country executive committees for both organizations, and currently serving on the Long Distance Running Division Executive Committee.

Greg is a USATF Level II certified coach and prior to CARA he held coaching positions at Northwestern University, NIU, Missouri State University and Appalachian State University during a 13-year coaching career. During that time his distance runners won seven conference team championships, accumulated 122 All-Conference honors, 31 individual conference championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships on 24 occasions. His most notable runner coached has been Casey Owens who placed ninth in the 10,000-meters (33:32) at the 2005 USA Championship and earned opportunities to compete for Team USA at the 2005 and 2006 Chiba Ekiden in Japan.

Greg got his start running with the Charlotte Road Runners Club in Charlotte, NC before competing in cross country and track at Appalachian State. Outside of running Greg likes to spend his time with his wife Jill, their son Jackson and daughter Lydia.

Call Greg: 312-262-7831

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