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Your Guide To CARA’s Summer Trail Chase 5k

Races are back and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a race and a party! On Saturday, August 14 runners will take to the trails of The Forge: Lemont Quarries for the second installment of the 2021 CARA Trail Series. The Summer Trail Chase 5k provides runners with a unique twilight racing experience, followed by a fun post-race party with live DJ on stage, and access to The Forge's "Foundry" outdoor bar.

Runners will also receive a unique short sleeve performance shirt and Summer Trail Chase 5k Collector's Trail Badge Sticker! CARA custom vinyl stickers​​ from all our Trail Series races come from Sticker Mule. Be sure to grab yours at the upcoming Summer Trail Chase!


New to racing at The Forge or evening races? Check out some of our tips below to help you get ready for race day!


Get Your Gear: Trail shoes aren’t required or necessary for this event, but do keep in mind when selecting your shoes that footing on the crushed limestone trails will have some more variance than a typical road race. For some footwear suggestions, check out this video from CARA Director of Training Tim Bradley.


Fuel Up: Fueling for an evening race takes some extra planning! You’ll want to make sure you eat enough nourishing meals during the day so that come race time in the evening, you are energized and ready to run. Don’t forget to pack your favorite pre-race snack as well!


Stay Hydrated: Much like nutrition, staying hydrated is key to having a great race day! Remember to hydrate well throughout the day prior to the event. As it gets closer to race time, registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics Allison Koch recommends aiming for 1.5-2 cups (12-16 oz) of water or sports drink at least 2 hours in advance of your race.


Plan Ahead: As with any event, having a game plan for your day will help make for the best race experience possible. Be sure to take factors like weather and parking into account, as well as set out any race-day essentials you may need like your race bib, your watch, or your lucky socks!


Have Fun!: Whether it's your first 5k or your 50th, we hope you have a blast with us on August 14! Take in the beauty of the Forge’s trails, have fun with your friends, and let’s celebrate the return of summer racing together!


We hope to see you on August 14 for this exciting race! Don’t forget, you can also join us for the third race in the CARA Trail Series, the Autumn Trail Chase 8k on November 13.



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