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Race Directors

The CHICAGO AREA RUNNERS ASSOCIATION is a non-profit organization devoted to motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.  CARA is committed to runners of all abilities and recognizes that many enjoy competing, whether against others or themselves.

CARA activates its mission in two ways:

1) CARA offers runners a competitive circuit of races: the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit, a high-quality competitive performance platform from which Chicago area runners of all ages and abilities can pursue excellence, earn awards and build camaraderie. (sidebar)

CARA members can compete in this Circuit for points and year-end awards in Overall, Individual Age Group, Clydesdale (weight) and Club competitions.

2) CARA offers races in the Chicagoland area an opportunity to identify themselves and promote their excellence through CARA certification and promotion. These races must adhere to CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines (formerly CARA Race Standards). CARA Certified Races offer runners quality, safe and accurate racing experiences. CARA members can earn year-end Participation and Distance awards through participation in CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit and Certified Races.

Visit our Race Directors section for further information on having your race certified.

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