Awards & Recognition

2016 Awards Banquet Information - Feb. 4, 2017

CARA believes in acknowledging and rewarding those members who support and compete in CARA races. Whether competing in the Runners’ Choice Series for Overall, Individual age group, Clydesdale and Athena, Club or Corporate team awards or participating in our Best of Chicagoland and Certified Races, members will be recognized!

CARA provides three-deep, five year age group awards for top age group competitors in the Runners’ Choice Series, with separate awards for the overall and age-graded winners in this Series. We have some very special ‘Runners of the Year’ awards for competitors selected for their exceptional running accomplishments. 

Members in CARA’s Clydesdale and Athena (weight), Club and Corporate Team competitions are similarly recognized and awarded (please see Runners’ Choice Series, Clydesdale and Athena, Club and Corporate Team Competition Rules). In addition to these, CARA has two other year-end awards: the Participation Award and the Long Distance Award. 

Members may qualify for the Long Distance Award two ways:

  • Option #1:  Complete five CARA Runners Choice Circuit or Certified races of 10 miles or more listed here. One of these races must be of Marathon Distance or longer. (Total of Five Races)
  • Option #2:  Complete five CARA Runners Choice Circuit or Certified races of 10 miles or more listed  listed here AND one Marathon or Longer Race of your choice (does not need to be in the Long Distance Series). (Total of Six Races)

Members may qualify for the Participation Award by Completing at least ten (10) CARA Runners Choice Circuit or CARA Certified Races. The completed races may be of any distance with no maximum per distance.

Runners must complete an application form for these awards and submit to CARA by 12-15-16.  Only CARA members are eligible for any of the above awards.  Membership must be in good standingh at the time of submission. Winners of all awards will be posted here by 12/31/16. Please check by then to confirm your award. If you find errors please e-mail Please do not e-mail request to confirmation prior to this date.

DID YOU KNOW?  If you qualify for participation and or long distance awards you may be close to earning a guarranteed entry into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Learn more about the Marathon Incentive Program here.

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