Run Crews

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Run Crews

CARA Run Crews provide the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the support and camaraderie of Chicagoland's largest running club in their neighborhood. Run Crews are open to runners and walkers of all levels. Run Crews offer weekday group runs and the opportunity to participate in CARA track workouts, with a focus on participating in weekend races, 'Go Run, and CARA training programs.

CARA Run Crews are member-led and supported by CARA staff. Members interested in leading a Run Crew anywhere in the Chicagoland area should contact CARA Community Development Manager Dominique Sabbs (dominique@cararuns.org).

Run Crews are open to everyone, and there is no cost to participate. Simply join CARA as a Friend Level member (FREE), or become a CARA Supporter Level member for full member benefits.

Sign-up is only required for those who aren't active members or haven't participated in any CARA program or event in 2021.

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Chicago - Austin

Schedule

Group Run - Thursday's 5:00 p.m.

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Chicago - Marquette Park

Schedule

Group Run - Tuesday's 5:00 p.m.

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Chicago - Edgewater

Schedule

Group Run - Thursday's 6:00 a.m.

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Chicago - West Loop

Schedule

Group Run - Thursday's 6:00 a.m.

Run Crew Track Workouts

CARA Track Workouts provide the opportunity for runners to gain fitness, improve speed, and learn how to effectively complete interval workouts. These coach-led sessions are designed for all ability levels. Workouts are focused on improving runners' speed and overall fitness.

These track workouts are open to everyone, and there is no cost to participate. Simply join CARA as a Friend Level member (FREE), or become a CARA Supporter Level member for full member benefits. These workouts are separate from CARA Training Program workouts, which focus on half-marathon and marathon training are open only to program participants.

Sign-up is only required for those who aren't active members or haven't participated in any CARA program or event in 2021.

Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. (Mid-March to October)

Location: Lake Shore Park (808 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago)

Details: Coach-led track workout focused on 5K to 10 Mile race goals. Workouts will begin at start time with coach-led drills and instruction. Participants should complete a 5-10 minute warm-up prior. Workouts last 45-60 minutes.

Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. (Mid-March to October)

Location: River Park Track (5011 Albany Ave., Chicago)

Details: Coach-led track workout focused on 5K to 10 Mile race goals. Workouts will begin at start time with coach-led drills and instruction. Participants should complete a 5-10 minute warm-up prior. Workouts last 45-60 minutes.

Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. (Mid-March to October)

Location: Wilson Track / Montrose Beach (Wilson Dr. and Lake Shore Dr. Chicago)

Details: Coach-led track workout focused on 5K to 10 Mile race goals. Workouts will begin at start time with coach-led drills and instruction. Participants should complete a 5-10 minute warm-up prior. Workouts last 45-60 minutes.

Details

Group Run Details

  • Run details (distance, route, location, etc.) may be found on each Run Crew page (click "More Info") and on STRAVA (click on each run listing for STRAVA event).

  • Announcements for runs, will be posted by Run Crew leaders on STRAVA club discussion. Participants can post questions, comments and encouragement on this event pages as well.

  • ​Runners and walkers of all paces and abilities are welcome.

  • Be sure to bring your own personal hydration. Jogging strollers and pets on a leash are welcome unless the run's leader determines they are not safe for that particular location. No gear check is provided.

  • Runs are held rain or shine, but will not run in lightning or other unsafe conditions. Any announcements related to the run will be posted to the runs specific STRAVA event.

Track Workout Details

  • Sessions: Each week will include an interval workout on the track, with an end of session 1-Mile time trial to test your fitness.

  • Coaching: Workouts are led by experienced and friendly coaches who will guide your workouts and help you determine your paces.​

  • Pace Groups: Runners will be grouped into pace groups. Coaches will assist runners in finding the right pace based on their current training and mile goal times. (Training Pace refers to your normal easy run or long run pace)

    • Group 1: Current Training Pace 8:00 min per mile or Faster - Goal One-Mile time of 6:00 min or faster

    • Group 2: Current Training Pace 8:00 - 9:00 min per mile - Goal One-Mile time of 7:00 min or faster

    • Group 3: Current Training Pace 9:00-10:00 min per mile - Goal One-Mile time of 8:00 min or faster

    • Group 4: Current Training Pace 10:00-11:00 min per mile - Goal One-Mile time of 9:00 min or faster

    • Group 5: Current Training Pace 11:00-12:00 min per mile - Goal One-Mile time of 11:00 - 10:00 min

  • Workouts: Workouts for each date are posted HERE.

  • Schedule: Runners are encouraged to arrive early and complete 5-10 minutes of easy jogging prior to the start time to get warmed up. Announcements will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately with the coach taking runners through running drills and dynamic exercises to prepare for the workout. Workouts will last between 45 and 60 minutes.

  • What to Bring: Please bring personal hydration and a timing device/watch. Hydration is not provided at these workouts.

  • Announcements/Updates: Check the STRAVA link in each track workout listing.

Weather Policy

When hazardous weather is present or probable during a Run Crew group run or workout, Run Crew leaders will post announcements to the specific run's STRAVA event link.

 

Look for announcements at least 60 minutes prior to the start of the run or event if there appears to be a potential for changes.

 

Participants are encouraged to consider their individual situations when choosing whether to participate when there is the potential for hazardous weather, even when CARA has chosen to proceed.

 

Given the nature of Chicagoland weather, not all conditions are foreseeable, and leaders may make changes on-site at programs and events. Please keep in mind that safety will be the primary focus of weather-related decisions.

The evaluation will weigh present conditions as well as probable conditions that could be present during and immediately after a program/event.

 

Examples of hazardous weather that changes could result from include, but are not limited to:

  • Lightning strikes within 6 miles

  • High heat or humidity

  • Snow accumulation greater than 12 inches over a 12 hour period

  • Icy conditions

  • Severe cold of below zero degrees (with wind chill) on weather.com

  • Tornado watch or warning

  • Flooding /flash flood warnings

  • Extreme winds

Please note CARA leaders may postpone or cancel a run under different weather conditions at their discretion.

COVID-19 Safety

Participation expectations are as follows:

  • 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.