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Chicago Area Runners Association... Experience the Rewards of Membership

Join Chicago Area Runners Association - CARA... the country’s 3rd largest local running organization and become part of our passionate community. CARA annually serves over 10,000 members and training program runners combined across the Chicago area -- city and suburbs. 


Individual Memberships
Family Memberships


Membership Benefits:

  • Support CARA's advocacy programs such as 'Go Run, youth programs, trail clean-ups, and our work to represent you with local municipalities. 
  • Get involved through volunteerism... CARA members gave over 42,000 volunteer hours last year in over 9,500 volunteer roles.
  • Discounts on registration for CARA’s training programs, coaching programs, races and events. CARA hosted over 650 dates of programs and events in 2016!
  • Discounted entry fees for over 100 local races - get a quick return on your membership fee!
  • Exclusive CARA members only race day gear check and tents at many races around Chicagoland.
  • Race and compete for CARA Racing awards including CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Races, Participation, and Long Distance awards. Learn more.
  • Free admission to the CARA Super Clinic, a must attend seminar for beginner and veteran marathon runners alike.
  • CARA e-newsletters to keep you informed.
  • Free one-year subscription to Runners World magazine ($20 value). One per member-household.
  • Access to the 24-Hour NovaCare Injury Hotline where you can get your injury questions answered by NovaCare physical therapist.
  • Discounts with CARA Partners in our Monthly Member Rewards. Learn more


 Membership Types: 1 Year 2 Year
New Individual Membership $50 $80
Renew Individual Membership $40 $75
New Family Membership $70 $110
Renew Family Membership $70 $110
Senior Individual Membership $35 $60
Youth Indivudal Membership $15  
  • Details: 
    • All One (1) Year memberships expire 12/31/17, all two (2) year memberships expire 12/31/18. 
    • Memberships renewals of current memberships completed after February 1, 2017 will be prorated as CARA transitions to a calendar year membership structure.
    • Members must renew before expiration to receive the renewal rate. 
    • Youth Rate (22 & Under), Senior Rate (60 & Over)


Looking to go above and beyond? Show your support with an additional contribution:

  • $100 Bronze individual 2-year membership
    (Bronze members are eligible for a $35 tax deduction*)
  • $150 Silver individual 2-year membership
    (Silver members are eligible for an $85 tax deduction*)
  • $250 Gold individual 2-year membership
    (Gold members are eligible for a $185 tax deduction*)

* Tax Deductibility - Contributions to CARA, beyond regular dues, are tax deductible as a charitable expense under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.


CARA Community

"CARA offers advocacy and volunteer opportunities to give back to the wonderful running community, as well as great discounts for races and community partners."
-Alexis F.



  • Early Summer Half Marathon Training

This 12-week program is designed to get you tuned up and ready for a Half Marathon, like the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half.

  • Summer Marathon Training

This 18-week program is designed to help runners get ready for their Fall Marathon, including the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

  • CARA Road Scholars

Help underserved high schoolers complete their first half marathon.