Membership - Chicago Area Runners Association

Become part of the area’s premier running organization today, and let’s run Chicagoland together!

As a member of Chicago Area Runners Association - CARA, you are part of an organization that has served the Chicago area running community since 1978! Starting as the local running club, CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland. Your CARA membership support our efforts in the local running community. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, we operate with a small staff and rely upon memberships, contributions and volunteer support as we serve the local running community in a variety of ways. 

Membership Benefits:

  • Discounted CARA member rates for all CARA programs, races and events

  • Access exclusive CARA member events, clinics and social runs

  • Access CARA member gear check at CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races and many other local events

  • Discounted entry fees for over 100 local races

  • Discounts and offers from CARA partners like NovaCare Rehabilitation, Road Runner Sports, Dick's Sporting Goods, Strava, Polar, and more

  • Free one-year subscription to Runner's World Magazine

  • Digital subscription to the CARA Connection newsletter

  • Eligibility for the CARA Runner's Choice Circuit, Participation and Long Distance Awards

  • Access to the 24-hour NovaCare Rehabilitation Injury Hotline where you can have your injury questions answer by a NovaCare physical therapist

  • Provides support for CARA's advocacy and community based programs and volunteer work such as charity team training, the 'Go Run program, Lakefront Trail anbd Forest Preserve hydration stations, CARA Race Certification, CARA's free Race Director Clinics, youth running programs, trail clean-ups, our work to represent runners with local municipalities and more

  • Get involved through volunteerism... CARA members gave over 42,000 volunteer hours last year for nearly 10,00 volunteer roles.


Individual Memberships
Family Memberships


Membership Fees / Terms:

Membership TypeOne-Year Membership Two-Year Membership
Individual $50* $80*
Family (Household) $70 $110
Senior (60 & Over) $35 n/a
Youth (22 & Under) $15 n/a
  • *Renewal only $40 (one-year), $75 (two-year) when renewing before expiration date
  • All one-year memberships expire 12/31/17, all two year memberships expire 12/31/18
  • During our transition to a calendar year membership structure current membership renewals will be prorated until ones expiration date is 12/31
  • Members must renew before expiration date to receive renewal rate
  • Runner's World subscription is 11-months and may take up to two-months to begin. Subscription limits and length subject to change at any time.


CARA Values

"It's hard to just name one thing. :) I love the liked minded values that make CARA what it is and more importantly help define both our collective interest and our own individual goals. The CARA values is world class. Thank you for representing the sport."
-Abe Cortes


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CARA is the source for all things running in Chicagoland. Join us today and run farther, faster, better, for life!

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