CARA

CARA Circuit Club Competition

The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit has long been a source of camaraderie for local runners and within and between local running clubs. Runners of all levels annually participate in CARA Circuit Races to chase personal and competitive goals, to complement their year-long training programs and to enjoy the camaraderie of the CARA running community.  There is no fee for clubs to sign-up and participate, and club team runners are NOT required to be CARA members to score for their club team.

Eligibility:

All Chicagoland area local running clubs, racing teams, and running store teams are eligible to participate. There is NO fee for running clubs to participate. 

Registration:

Running clubs should e-mail their intent to participate to circuit@cararuns.org. E-mail must include a club name, team captain name, captain e-mail, and captain phone.

The team captain must e-mail circuit@cararuns.org a club roster in excel format with each club member's first name, last name, gender, date of birth, city, state, and e-mail. The roster may be updated at any time through the season. A runner will not be counted for a club's score until they are on the team's roster. Rosters and or roster updates must be received at least 24 hours prior to a race to score at that race. If a runner is listed on multiple clubs rosters, the scorer will require that runner to declare a club to score for.

Awards:

The top three teams in each category are awarded at the CARA Awards Party.

Categories:

Combined Club Category: Each club member receives an age-graded score for each race. Placement is determined by the combination of the top five runners age-graded scores. Males and females are combined in this category.

Male Open Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top five male runners times from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Open Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top five female runners times from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Male Masters Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top three male runners times over the age of 40 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Masters Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top three female runners times over the age of 40 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Male Veteran Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top three male runners times over the age of 50 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Veteran Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top three female runners times over the age of 50 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Male Senior Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top three male runners times over the age of 60 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Senior Club Category: Placement is determined by the addition of the top three female runners times over the age of 60 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

​​Scoring: 

Runners may score for their club in all categories they qualify for. In each category, clubs receive points based on their rank within that category at each race. First place receives 15 points, second 14 points, third 13 points and so on. Each categories scores are separate, meaning all points do not go into a combined total score total.

In all categories, only a clubs eight best races scores count towards their final point total. All other scores are dropped. But clubs will score in all races.