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CARA Welcomes 2023 Board Members

Chicago Area Runners Association

1540 S. Ashland Ave. #201/102

Chicago, IL 60608



CHICAGO - Chicago Area Runners Association (“CARA”) is pleased to announce its continuing Board members and acknowledges the addition of four new board members, effective January, 2023. Members; Sidney Joseph Anderson, Dana Anderson, Jennifer Courtney and Nicholas “Niko” Nicholson, have joined the CARA’s governance, beginning their work for a two-year term. Collectively as a group the new board members bring a wealth of experience and expertise in the fields of technology, business, sales and the visual and performing arts. The quartet also has significant running experience having run over 75 marathons and participated in races throughout the United States and Chicagoland area. Additionally, the new board members have participated in numerous CARA programs and events over the last several years, including Lakefront 10 Miler & 5k, Summer Marathon Training and ‘Go Run.

“Adding to the expertise of the Board to push forward the mission of CARA is critical to maintaining the focus of our mission. I am excited to welcome the new members and look forward to working together this year and beyond, for a successful non-profit organization, advancing the landscape for runners.” - Kerl LaJeune, President of CARA’s Board of Directors

On behalf of the Chicago Area Runners Association Board of Directors, staff and members, we welcome these tremendous members to our governance team.

Kerl LaJeune: President

Jill Ciminillo: Vice President Erika Edmonson

Jeff Zidell: Secretary Anthony “Tony” Fiore

Tom Klimmeck: Treasurer Ann Marie Phaneuf

Alexandra Yeung Sidney Joseph Anderson

Brett Geschke Dana Anderson

Darren DeMatoff Nicholas ‘Niko’ Nicholson

Jennifer Courtney Brace Clement


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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