Volunteer with CARA!

Give back, get involved, and stay connected

Without the commitment and support of our volunteers, CARA would not run efficiently which is why we truly appreciate every one of them. No matter the task, our volunteers go above and beyond to give back to the community. We are fortunate enough to be surrounded and influenced by the most selfless volunteers around. Join our volunteer team and feel the joy of giving back!

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Opportunity DateLocationDetailsSign-Up
CARA Ambassadors & Secret Runners On-Going Chicagoland Details Apply
CARA Aid Station @ F3 Half Marthon Jan 28 Chicago Details Sign-Up
CARA Awards Banquet  Feb 4 Chicago Details
CARA Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Packet Prep March TBD Chicago Details Sign-Up
CARA Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Course Flyering March 10 Chicago Details Sign-Up
CARA Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Packet Pick-Up March 15 Suburbs Details Sign-Up 
CARA Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Packet Pick-Up March 16 Chicago Details Sign-Up 
CARA Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Packet Pick-Up March 17 Chicago Details Sign-Up 
CARA Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Race-Day March 18 Chicgo Details Sign-Up 

Marathon Incentive Program +2 Volunteer Opportunities

These volunteer opportunities are open to all volunteers and are also the only opportunites that count for Marathon Incentive Program +2 credits

Opportunity Date
Details & Sign-Up
There are no current MIP roles open    

If you have any questions about volunteering with CARA, please email: greg@cararuns.org

Be a Race Day Volunteer

Do you love cheering on runners at races? Do you want to help runners cross the finish line feeling hydrated and motivated? Now you can be a part of the action!

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Be a Group Leader

Are you a vocal, supportive, and motivating runner? Do you find taking charge of a group to be inspiring? Then CARA wants you to become a Group Leader for our training programs! Opportunities range from Beginning Running to the Marathon Training; there’s an opportunity for every runner at any pace, run/walk included.

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Be a CARA Road Scholars Volunteer

Help shape the lives of CARA Road Scholars Students.  Volunteers are the backbone of the CARA Road Scholars program. Volunteers serve as Site Coordinators, Group Leaders, mentors, and hydration workers.

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Be a CARA Ambassador

As a CARA Ambassador you represent CARA and the runners across Chicago and Chicagoland. CARA Ambassadors interact with the Chicagoland running community to serve and promote CARA's mission.

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Run with Support

"Everyone Runs better with support. So with CARA everyone in the Chicago area runs better!"
-Mark Oinen


New CARA Marathon Incentive Program Volunteer Options

CARA members can qualify for a 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon guaranteed entry through particpatioin in CARA Circuit and CARA Certified races. To meet eligibility requirments, runners must volunteer for (2) two Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K or Bank of America Chicago Marathon race event projects. Volunteer Options.

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