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. 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.  

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.

2017 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Schedule

Date  Race Scored Distance Location
March 18 Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler 10 Miles Chicago
April 2 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K 8K Chicago
April 23 The Good Life Race 5K 5K Oak Park
May 13 Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile 10 Mile  Lemont 
May 29 Ridge Run 10K Beverley
June 4 Roselle Run for the Roses 5K Roselle
June 24 Proud to Run 10K Chicago
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 20 Windrunner 10K 10K Wheaton
September 3 Buffalo Grove Stampede 5K Buffalo Grove
September 10 Alpine Races Half Marathon Half-Marathon Lake Zurich
September 24 Lycee Chicago Oui Run 5K Chicago
October 8 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Marathon Chicago
October 28 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. Click on the "Awards & Rules" image above for complete details.