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CARA Starts New Racing Team


CHICAGO – As a new initiative, the Chicago Area Runners Association (“CARA”) has started a racing team effective January 12th, 2024.  

The mission of the CARA Racing Team is to provide competitive opportunities and to support runners in the Chicagoland area. 

This will be a self-funded team with the focus of providing competitive opportunities at the regional and national level for CARA team members. Members of the team will also be active in the running community and have volunteer commitments throughout the year.  

“In my experience, I have seen a relational gap between competitive runners and the general running community at large. We intend to close that gap by having team members volunteer and give back to runners in their community. We want the team and its members to be an integral part of the local running community in addition to great runners you can root for.” - CARA Executive Director, Tim Bradley 

The team will begin training and competing in 2024 and focus primarily on the CARA Circuit along with national competitions such as the Boston Marathon, the Chicago Marathon and USATF Cross Country Nationals. With the addition of this team, CARA will now have two teams on the CARA Circuit, as it will be joining the already established CARA Run Crew, which began in 2021. The CARA Run Crew continues to be a great option open to all CARA members, while the CARA Racing Team will primarily feature Boston Qualifiers and top age group runners.

Runners interested in learning more and applying for the CARA Racing Team can do so 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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