CARA Youth Cross Country Day Camp

July 31 to August 4 - Wilson Track @ Montrose Beach

Since 1978 the Chicago Area Runners Association -- CARA, a non-profit organization has been dedicated to running advocacy in Chicago and suburbs.  Starting as the local running club, CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland. We help runners run better, farther, faster and with more fun by clearing paths to a wealth of training, social, outreach and advocacy programs, while promoting friendships and personal fulfillment. CARA's Summer Youth Cross Country Day Camp aims to provide opportunities for young runners to improve their fitness and develop their abilities as part of a positive community of coaches and teammates where, through the power of the group, runners make gains in self-confidence, discipline and athletic achievement. Our day camp is open to young people entering grades 5 to 9 (see below for exceptions), who are interested in improving their fitness, getting faster and having fun in a nurturing and caring environment!

Camp sessions will be led by CARA Coach Tom Cuffe and will include age appropriate cross country running workouts as well as skills, drills and education. The program will include various types of endurance training, running efficiency, form drills, nutrition, strength training and stretching routines. Our day camp is open to youth entering grades 5 to 9, interested in cross country and running in general. A coach to athlete ratio of approximately 1-10 will be adhered to.


July 31 to August 4, 2017


5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 


North Side of Wilson Track (Wilson Dr. & Lake Shore Dr.)

Participant benefits include:

  • Five Day / Two Hour Sessions Each Day 
  • CARA running shirt
  • Expert coaching and supervision from CARA Coaches


FeesCARA MembersNew Members
Camp Fee $109  $124

CARA Member rate is for campers with a current CARA Youth membership or who are part of a family membership

Non-member rate includes a 2017 CARA Youth Membership for the child


Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I drop off my child?

Please park in the Wilson Lot (pay lot) or along Wilson Avenue street parking (free) and escort your child to the north side of the Wilson Track to check-in with camp coaches.

What time may I drop off / pick-up my child?

Please drop off your child between 5:15 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. Your child should be ready to begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Please pick-up your child between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. If you need to pick up your child early please notify the camp coaches at drop off so they an be prepared.

What is the camps weather policy?

We will not continue in unsafe weather conditions (lightning, high winds, etc...). Announcements about cancellations or changes will occur through the CARA web site ( Please scroll down to the twitter feed on that page where up to date information will be posted. If there is nothing posted then all is proceding as normal. If a session is canceled there will be no make-up dates and no refunds to registration fees.

I would like my child to participate, but they are not entering grades 5-9, can they?

Please contact Coach Tom Cuffe at to discuss exceptions.

When will I receive details about the camp after registration?

A camp welcome and detailed introduction will be e-mailed approximately one week prior to the camp start.

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