CARA Youth Circuit

An opportunity for younger runners to enjoy running and racing!

The CARA Youth Circuit is an opportunity for younger runners to be introduced to running and have fun competing against runners their own age.

2017 CARA Youth Circuit Schedule

Date  Race 8 & U 9 & 10 11 & 12 13 & 14 15 & 16 17 & 18
June 4 Roselle Run for the Roses 5K 5K 5K 5K 5K 5K
June 24 Proud to Run 5K 5K 5K 5K 5K 5K
July 4 Elmhurst 4 on the 4th 1K 1K 1K 4Mi 4Mi 4Mi
July 8 'Go Run Humboldt Park 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 Mile 5K 5K
July 22 'Go Run Washington Park 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 Mile 5K 5K
July 30 NU Run for Walk 4.1Mi  4.1Mi 4.1Mi 4.1Mi 4.1Mi 4.1Mi
August 5 'Go Run Warren Park 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 Mile 5K 5K
September 3 Buffalo Grove Stampede 5K 5K 5K 5K N/A N/A

 

Standings: Circuit standings and points will be posted here after the start of the Circuit.

Awards:  The top three male and female runners in the final standings in each age group will be awarded at the CARA Awards Banquet (date / location TBA).

Eligibility for Awards: Runners must be CARA members individually or be listed as part of a CARA Family Membership by July 9, 2017 to qualify for year-end awards. Runners who do not meet the membership requirement will be dropped from the final standings and will not be eligible for awards; scores will not be re-calculated. CARA Youth Member is only $15 for the year. Members receive discounted entry at all Youth Circuit Races. 'Go Runs are free to all.

Runners must complete at least two (2) Youth Circuit races to qualify for year-end awards. A runner may participate in as many races as they wish, but only runners five best scores will be counted in their final point total. All other scores will be dropped. 

Age Groups:

  • 8 & Under
  • 9 & 10
  • 11 & 12
  • 13 & 14
  • 15 & 16
  • 17 & 18

Age Group Determination:  Runners will compete in the same age division for the entire circuit, even if their age changes during the circuit. A runner's age group will be determined by the runner's age their first race of the season. If a runner has a birthdat during the Youth Circuit after their first race, they will not change age groups within the Circuit, but at an individual race will compete under that race's rules for age group awards.

Scoring:

All runners will be scored automatically. Runners who join CARA during the Circuit will receive points for their finishes in all Youth Circuit races, including those prior to their joining CARA.

Distance:

In order to score points, runners must run the distance race assigned to their age group. An effort has been made to assign younger runners to shorter distances through most of the Circuit. This is to aid in the young runners' development, allowing them to learn how to race and compete over a manageable distance, rather than simply learning how to finish a longer distance.

Schedule:

All Youth Circuit races were chosen from races held at CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit races or at CARA ‘Go Runs. CARA 'Go Runs are free events. Age groups 15+ will not be included in the Circuit after August 9th due to the start of high school cross-country seasons.