CARA Race Director Clinics

CARA Race Director Clinics offer race directors valuable educational and networking opportunities

Please join the Chicago Area Runners Association for one of our NEW monthly Race Director Clinics. These clinics are aimed at both new and experienced race directors who are looking to increase their skills, better understand the CARA Best Practices Guidelines as well as network with fellow event, running club and charity organization leaders.

Each clinic date will follow the same agenda and each will feature a unique guest speaker making each clinic a new opportunity for learning. Additionally, time will be set aside at each clinic for active dialog and we look forward to learning from you as well as sharing some of our experiences! 

When: First Tuesday of Every Month at 6:00PM 

Where: CARA Office (549 W. Randolph St, Suite 704, Chicago, IL

Capacity:  15

Registration:  FREE - November RSVP coming soon (No October Clinic)


  • 6:00PM - Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:10PM - CARA Best Practices Guidelines
    • Greg Hipp, CARA's Director of Events & Road Race Services will present the guidelines and best practices for how to accomplish each requirement for both large and small races.
  • 7:00PM - Guest Speaker
    • Each month a different guest speaker from the local racing and event comminity will present on a different educational topic.
  • 7:30PM - Group Discussion
  • 8:00PM - Clinic Close

Guest Speakers:

  • December 6, 2016 - Dave Kappas "Trends in Chicago Racing"
    • Dave Kappas is the Voice of Chicago running. His voice and professional announcing are known throughout Chicagoland and nationally. Not only does Dave bring an incredible announcing talent to local racing, he brings a unique perspective for race directors. Through his announcing and consulting work Dave is able to view and learn what trends are working, and what old tactics are not. From presentation to operations Dave is able to provide a unique look into race production for races big and small.
  • January 3, 2017 - Alona Banai, CARA's Partnership Marketing Coordinator
    • Alona will help prepare race directors for how to prepare for and deliver a sponsorship sales pitch. From sales strategies to developing a sales deck for your event. 
  • February 7, 2017 - Zach Edmonson, Big River Race Management
  • March 7, 2017 - Kimberley Stedman, F3 Events
    • Kimberley will present on branding and collaborative marketing strategies and cross promoting for your race.
  • April 4, 2017 - Ty McCarty, Proud to Run
    • Ty will be presenting on LGBTQ Best Practices for race directors and their races. The Proud to Run is a 2017 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race.
  • May 2, 2017 - Bob Richards, Elmhurst Running Club (NOTE: This clinic will be hosted in Elmhurst, Sandburg Middle School)
    • Bob is the race director for the Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th. His event was the 2015 CARA Race of the Year. Bob will present on how to create a race team from within your organization, including discussion on identifying and recruiting key persons, delegation and communication within your team. 
  • June 6, 2017 - Colin Castein, Race Roster 
    • Colin joins us from Race Roster, one of the leading registration providers for running events. As a race director himself, Colin will discuss best practices for donor engagement and strategies to increase fundraising.
  • August 1, 2017 - Sponsorship Panel 
  • September 5, 2017 - Panel on Event Ammenities and Determining Your Registration Fee/Price Point 
  • October 3, 2017 - CANCELLED 
  • November 7, 2017 - TBD
  • December 5, 2017 - TBD


Race Directors who attend will receive a reduced CARA Race Certification fee rate for their events of $50 off for all applications for 2017.

Clinic dates subject to change. Changes will be posted on this page and e-mailed to registrants.


Big River Race Management (BRRM) is the official timing partner of the Chicago Area Runners Association and official timer of CARA's Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K. Staying on the cutting edge of technology, BRRM has adopted the ChronoTrack Live RaceCasting services which feature online registration, onsite registration, dynamic race check-in, mobile results, real-time online results, mobile and social media athlete updates, onsite results, athlete photography and athlete video. Big River Race Management is proud to call themselves the Midwest's premier race timing and event management company.

Race Roster, the official registration partner of CARA, is a cloud based registration platform for endurance events serving event organizers and their participants. Race Roster will help you increase registration, boost donations and attract sponsors. You’ll receive access to ongoing reporting and support from event creation to completion. Race Roster's customizable platform can help you accomplish all your event goals. 

As a supporter of CARA local initiatives please contact Colin Castein and let him know how he can help you with your event.

Email:,  Phone: 1-888-749-3028 Ext 704

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CARA Certified Races embody the highest standards for the execution of a road race and they qualify you for CARA Participation and Long Distance Awards. Look for the CARA Certified logo and a current 2016 Certification number when you choose your next race.

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