Several hundred 5k-10ks, numerous half marathons and marathons, scores of themed fun run and family events: Chicagoland is a great place to test your fitness, beat your personal best, raise funds for a worthy cause, even run with your kids in full costume.
The CARA community is here to help you find and complete your next race. As a nonprofit organization run by runners, we’ll help you find the resources you need to run and to race farther, faster, and better.
- We offer a competitive circuit of races: the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit, which enables Chicago area runners of all ages and abilities to pursue excellence, earn awards, and enjoy camaraderie with other runners.
- We also offer the respected CARA certification process for area races run by other organizations. Runners know that these races adhere to CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines and offer high-quality, safe, and accurate racing experiences.
- And we offer runners the chance to help fellow runners prepare for and compete in Chicagoland races. Interested? Check out our Volunteer page.
Race Directors: visit our Race Directors section to learn how you can have your race certified.