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About

Everyone is welcome - Race, Run, Jog, Walk, Volunteer - 'Go Run!

 

'Go Runs are FREE and open to anyone in our effort to make running enjoyable and accessible to all, both newcomers, and long-time runners alike. Through 'Go Run, CARA, and the Chicago Park District have an objective to activate neighborhood parks, build communities and encourage an active lifestyle through running and volunteerism.

Enjoy a free timed 5K and 1 Mile event at local parks around Chicago.

 Schedule / Register

'Go Run travels to parks throughout Chicago, with plans to soon reach the suburbs. 'Go Run parks have included: 606 / Bloomingdale Trail, 63rd Street Beach Park, Big Marsh Park, Calumet Park, Columbus Park, Douglass Park, Garfield Park, Horner Park, Humboldt Park, Jackson Park, Marquette Park, River Park, and Warren Park.

Participants must register for each date they plan to attend. For each date:

Registration Opens: Friday @ 3:00 p.m. the week prior to each 'Go Run

Registration Closes: Friday @ 2:00 p.m. the day prior to each 'Go Run (or if capacity is reached)

Registration Capacity: 150

 

Program Information

Cost

Free! 'Go Run is always free, but everyone must register for each 'Go Run they will participate in.

What to Expect

Expect a laid-back, welcoming, and hassle-free experience. There will be runners, joggers, and walkers of all experience levels. Whether you are new to running and walking or have been participating for years, 'Go Run welcomes you to take part.

 

Event Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. - Check-In Opens

  • 8:55 a.m. - Check-In Closes

  • 9:00 a.m. - 5K and 1 Mile Start (No Late Starts Please)

Capacity

'Go Run is limited to 150 participants. Persons not registered may not attend.

Registration

Participants must register for each 'Go Run date they will attend, including children of all ages. Registration will be online. Online registration for each 'Go Run date will open on Friday at approx. 2:00 p.m., the week prior to each 'Go Run, and will close when capacity (150 persons) is reached or Friday at 2:00 p.m. the day prior to each 'Go Run (whichever comes first).

 

Bib Number:

Participants must pick up a bib number prior to the event. Bib numbers reset every calendar year. Please do not participate with previous year's bib numbers. The 2021 bib is grey. All other bibs are no longer valid. While you must register for each 'Go Run, please keep your bib number and bring it to each 'Go Run. If you lose your bib, simply come to the blue tent and we will be happy to provide you a new one.

Check-In Instructions

Please check-in at your first 'Go Run each calendar year. Come to the blue tent at 'Go Run and pick-up your bib number. You only need to check in once per calendar year unless you need a replacement bib. 

 

Results / Timing

'Go Run is timed and results will be posted online at www.webscorer.com/cara. Results are not posted at the run. There are no competitive awards at 'Go Run, however, all participants can complete participation challenges shown on the back of their bib number to earn a free 'Go Run shirt. See "CARA-Land" below.

Weather Policy

We will run/wak rain or shine. However, if there is lightning, other hazardous or extreme weather we will cancel or postpone.

Weather-related announcements will be made through the twitter feed at HERE.

 

General FAQ

  • Minors: Those under 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the participation waiver. There is no age minimum to participate. Parents and guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

  • Dogs: If your dog is friendly and well behaved in large groups you’re welcome to bring your dog. Please have your dog on a leash, abide by all Chicago Park District regulations and also please line up behind other participants at the start.

  • Strollers: Strollers are welcome, but for safety reasons those with strollers please line up behind other participants at the start. Through the run please stay aware of your surroundings as the park paths are not closed for these events.

  • Wheelchairs: Please join us! Note: Some of our routes include some non-paved crossings or uneven pavement.

  • Bikes / Skates: Please, no bikes, skates, skateboards or other wheeled devices other than wheelchairs or strollers.

  • Lost Bib-Number: No problem. Come to the blue tent and we will give you another one.

  • Notice: 'Go Runs reserve the right to deny or cancel a registration when deemed necessary.

 

Questions / Contact

Email: info@cararuns.org

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Raise funds as a Team CARA charity runner at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

At CARA we know running is more than sport; running changes lives! The funds you raise as a Team CARA charity runner allow CARA to remove the barriers associated with getting involved in organized running, so everyone has access to the incredible benefits running offers.

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Race to the finish of "CARA-Land" to win a free 'Go Run shirt! Your CARA-Land game board is on the back of your 'Go Run bib. Move forward on the board by earning finisher points at each 'Go Run.​

 

Earn 2 finisher points for finishes at Warren Park, Humboldt Park and Jackson Park. Earn 3 points at all other parks.

 

Double your points by completing challenges: 1.) First 'Go Run finish of the 2021 season., 2.) Bring a friend or family member to 'Go Run., 3.) Achieve a new personal best time., 4.) Finish on a cold (<50) or rainy day.

 

Keep track of your points after each 'Go Run and mark your bib with a marker. Once you have reached the finish, come to the blue tent to redeem your shirt.

Note: Points do not carry over from previous seasons. 

CARA-Land!

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Volunteer

Individuals: 'Go Run relies on volunteers at each 'Go Run to help with check-in, registration, start/finish line, hydration, and course marshaling. No experience is needed. Volunteer shifts are generally 8:00am to 10:15am at each 'Go Run. To volunteer, click the sign-up button below. All dates open for sign-up will be shown. Additional dates are added through the season.

Groups: Groups interested in volunteering should e-mail Jillian@cararuns.org

Leadership Team: Interested in being part of our leadership team? The 'Go Run leadership team is a dedicated team that leads 'Go Run program outreach, as well as important operational areas at each 'Go Run. Leadership team members should have previous experience volunteering and/or participating with 'Go Run. Leadership team members should be able to volunteer at 'Go Run routinely, with an average of at least two 'Go Runs per month. Interested persons should contact CARA Community Development Manager Dominique Sabbs (dominique@cararuns.org) with their interest.

 

Program Leadership

'Go Run is led by a dedicated leadership team, along with CARA staff, and Chicago Park District support.

Jorge Arelano
Leadership Team
Chris Carson
Leadership Team
Evelyn Cato
Leadership Team
Mary Connolly
Leadership Team
Dan Kolody
Leadership Team
Charles Lee
Leadership Team
George Meija
Leadership Team
Dominique Sabbs
Program Manager

COVID-19 Safety

Participant Guidelines / Expectations​

  • Participants are expected to wear a mask or face covering when gathering pre- or post-run until they are two weeks post full vaccination for COVID19. Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated participants are not required, to wear a mask or face covering while gathering pre or post-run.

  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you are unvaccinated and have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19.

  • Persons from high-risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.

  • Participants are encouraged to avoid traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.), as well as close group gathering (group pictures, etc.).

  • Do not spit or blow nose while running in the group.

  • Do not share personal items, such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.

  • Participants may be required to exit programs/events temporarily or permanently should their actions not meet expectations and or they are creating risk for themselves or others

Hydration

  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own hydration bottle.

  • Coolers, equipped with low-contact "UltraSpouts" for bottle refill. Cups will be available from self-service dispensers.