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About CARA

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run—farther, faster, better, for life.

Quick Facts

  • CARA is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1978.
  • We have more than 8,600 members.
  • We are the largest running organization in the Midwest and the third largest in the nation.
  • We are your complete source for recreational running and racing in Chicagoland.
  • We produce training and fitness programs for all levels of runners.
  • We provide high-quality races and race circuits.
Please email us to request a copy of CARA's governing documents, recent financial statements or conflict of interest policy.


      CARA website photos courtesy of Chad Marek,, copyright 2007.