CARA Runners' Choice Circuit

The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit has been developed to promote participation local races, to create a competitive structure for area runners and has long been a source of camaraderie for local runners and within and between local running clubs.

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The circuit includes many of Chicagoland’s most well organized and well-appreciated races. Circuit races are found in both the city and suburbs and include both major world-class events and local club races alike. Circuit races are annually assembled with the input of CARA’s membership, the CARA Racing Committee, the CARA staff and CARA Board of Directors.

Runners may participate in this circuit of races for both competitive and participation based awards. Competitive awards include Overall, Age Graded, Age Group, Clydesdale / Athena, Club and Corporate Team categories.  Participation Awards, Long Distance Awards and the Marathon Incentive Program provide the opportunity to be awarded for meeting specific participation requirements in CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit and CARA Certified Races.

Runners of all levels annually participate in CARA Circuit Races to chase personal and competitive goals, to complement their year long training programs and to enjoy the camaraderie of the CARA running community.  CARA membership is required for award eligibility in all individual categories. Runners do not need to register to be included in circuit scoring, except in Clydesdale/Athena categories. Members are tracked and scored automatically.  Clubs and Corporate Teams must register to participate. 


2016 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit


Date  Race Scored Distance Location
March 19 Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K 10 Miles Chicago
April 3 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K 8K Chicago
April 10 The Good Life Race 5K 5K Oak Park
April 24 Ravenswood Run 5K 5K Ravenswood
May 7 Quarryman Challenge 5K and 10 Miler 10 Miles Lemont
May 28 Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile 10 Miles Chicago
June 4 Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K and 10K 10K Wheaton
June 26 Downers Grove 5 Miler 5 Miles Downers Grove
July 4 Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 4 Miles Elmhurst
July 31 NU Run for Walk 4.1 Miles 4.1 Miles Evanston
August 21 Windrunner 10K 10K Wheaton
September 11 Alpine Races Half Marathon Half-Marathon Lake Zurich
September 24 Park Ridge Charity Classic 5K 5K Park Ridge
October 9 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Marathon Chicago
October 29 Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase 5K 5K Lake Bluff

Runners must complete at least five (5) races to become circuit award eligible. Runners may run as many circuit races as they wish, but will not be able to count scores in more than eight (8) races in their standings.


Check out and subscribe to this public calendar to have all the important dates (registration, packet pick-up, race day, etc...) for CARA Runners' Choice Circuit dates. Notice - While CARA efforts to ensure that this calendar is accurate, we can not guarrantee this based on changes that each individual event may make or because all important dates may not yet be available to CARA.

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