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CARA Runners' Choice Circuit

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The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit Powered by Liberty Mutual is our competitive series of races. CARA members can compete in this circuit of races for points and year-end awards in Overall, Individual Age Group, Clydesdale and Club competitions (see below).  This Circuit was assembled with the input of CARA’s membership, the CARA Racing Committee, the CARA staff and CARA Board of Directors.

The purpose of a competitive circuit is to determine the best all-around runners and not favor either short or long distance runners. It also offers Chicago area runners of all ages and abilities the opportunity to pursue personal goals, earn awards and experience the camaraderie of fellow runners.  Races in this Runners Choice Circuit are expected to pursue CARA certification and comply with CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines.


Overall and Individual Age Group Competition:
CARA members do not need to register for competition in either of these categories. Members are followed and scored automatically.  Members must read the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit Rules for complete information on who is scored, how scoring is done, required races, eligibility for awards and much more.

Clydesdale and Athena (weight division) Competition: CARA members wishing to compete in the Clydesdale Competition must register since competitors are tracked and scored separately. Read the Clydesdale Competition Rules and submit completed application to CARA.

Club/Team Competition: Clubs/teams must register to compete. Again, scoring is done separately for this competition. Read the Club Competition Rules and submit fee and application to CARA.

Corporate Team Competition: Teams representing Chicagoland companies and corporations can also compete against one another; however, they compete in a separate series of races. Teams must register; scoring is specific to this competition.

Read the Corporate Team Competition Rules, see list of races in this competition; submit fee and application to CARA.


2014 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Powered by Liberty Mutual Races

March 30 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Chicago
April 6 The Race That's Good for Life 5K Oak Park
April 19 FirstMerit Bank Lakefront 10 Miler Chicago
April 27 Ravenswood Run 5K Chicago
May 10 Quarryman 10 Mile
May 24 Elgin Valley Fox Trot 10 Mile Elgin
June 1 Roselle Run for the Roses - Sternberg Lighting 5K Roselle
June 7 Michelob ULTRA Chicago 13.1 Chicago
June 22 Downers Grove 5 Mile Downers Grove
July 4 Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th Elmhurst
July 27 Northwestern University Run for Walk 4.1 Miles Evanston
August 24 Fort 2 Base 10 Nautical Miles North Chicago
August 31 Buffalo Grove Stampede 10K Buffalo Grove
September 7 Chicago Half Marathon Chicago
September 27 Park Ridge Charity Classic 5K Park Ridge
October 12 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Chicago
October 26 Evanston Trick or Treat Trot 6K
November 16 Red Eye 8K Joliet

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