West Loop Run Crew

About

Enjoy the support and camaraderie of CARA with the member-led West Loop Run Crew! Help us grow this new running group in the West Loop.

Our Neighborhood

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Our Runs

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

Location: Corner of Randolph St. and Peoria, Chicago (Map)

Details: Meet at the corner of Randolph St. and Peoria for a group run. All paces are welcome, including walkers. We alternate between two different and run 3-5 miles.

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

Details

Join Us!

The West Loop Run Crew is 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.

 

Information

  • Run details (overview, distance, route, location, etc.) can be found in run listing above, 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.

Contact

Dominique Sabbs (dominique@cararuns.org) & Sara Shojaee

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

CARA has extensive operational preparedness plans to meet all safety and gathering guidelines provided by state and local authorities. Our plans have been widely accepted and were adopted by the Road Runners Clubs of America as a national framework for a return to group running during COVID-19.

Participation expectations are as follows:

  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you 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.

  • Do not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.).

  • Do not engage in close group pictures/selfies.

  • Do not spit or blow nose while running in the group. Must be away from others, and at least six feet away from others.

  • Do not share personal items, such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.

  • Participants must wear a mask or face covering while gathering pre- or post-run, and anytime they are within six feet of others. Runners may remove their face cover while running when they can maintain social distance.

  • Participants are expected to self carry personal hydration (bottles/packs), and to use hydration stations for refill only.

  • Participants must abide by local travel quarantine orders should they travel out-of-state during the program.

  • Participants may be required to exit the group temporarily or permanently should their actions not meet expectations and or they are creating risk for themselves or others.

The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a 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, with over 10,000 members, 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.

 

Proud member of the Road Runners Club of America.

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