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CARA Announces Partnership with UCAN

CHICAGO - Chicago Area Runners Association (“CARA”) is pleased to announce a new partnership with UCAN as the Official Energy Gel of the Chicago Area Runners Association. UCAN’s award-winning Edge energy gels will be featured at several CARA races and numerous training runs throughout 2024, giving runners access to UCAN's innovative energy products, designed to support endurance, performance and health without the sugar crash.


"We are delighted to embark on this journey with UCAN," says Tim Bradley, CARA Executive Director. "Our partnership represents a shared commitment to providing high-quality products that empower runners to reach their full potential. With UCAN's energy gels as the Official Energy Gel of CARA, we are confident that our members and participants will benefit greatly from the sustained, reliable energy they provide."


UCAN Edge energy gels feature LIVESTEADY, a patented, complex carbohydrate formula derived from starch instead of sugar. It delivers a more steady release of energy and is easier on the stomach than traditional energy gels and is used by some of the top U.S distance runners, like American Marathon Record Holder and U.S. Olympian Emily Sisson, American Masters Marathon Record Holder Sara Hall and more.


UCAN's CEO Elena Sukacheva expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "We are honored to partner with CARA, an organization deeply rooted in supporting and advocating for the local running community. At UCAN, we are dedicated to providing athletes with energy solutions that positively impact performance while also being healthy. Together with CARA, we look forward to equipping runners with the tools they need to excel in their training and races.”


About CARA:

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving and advocating for the local running community. As Chicagoland's premier running club, CARA provides accessible opportunities for runners of all levels to train, race, learn, socialize, and volunteer. With a mission to foster a vibrant and inclusive running community, CARA is committed to supporting runners in achieving their goals and enjoying the sport of running to its fullest.


About UCAN:

UCAN is a leading provider of innovative energy products designed to support athletes and active individuals in achieving their performance and fitness goals. With products featuring LIVSTEADY™, a slow-releasing, low glycemic carbohydrate, UCAN offers sustained, long-lasting energy without the spikes and crashes associated with traditional sugar-based fuels. Trusted by elite athletes, top pro and collegiate teams, and recreational runners alike, UCAN's products are available in various formats, including energy gels, energy bars, and energy and hydration powders. Learn more at


The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community.  We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer. 

CARA is the nation’s third-largest running club, serving as the voice of local runners, as well as providing over 1,300 dates of programming and events per year. Learn more at



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