CARA Stars! Fall Season

The CARA Stars! Youth Club program aims to provide opportunities for young runners to improve their fitness and develop their abilities as part of a positive community of coaches and teammates where, through the power of the group, runners make gains in self-confidence, discipline and athletic achievement in a caring and nurturing the environment.



  • Open to ages 8 to 14, all genders
  • All abilities welcome.

Program Dates:

  • September 11 to November 3, 2018 (24 Practice/Competition Dates)

Meeting Days / Times / Locations:

Program Benefits:

  • 8-Week Youth Coaching Program: Experienced and trusted CARA youth Coach Tom Cuffe provides a 8-week youth appropriate coaching plan. Your young runner, or aspiring runner, will find a love for running with Coach Cuffe's high energy and fun coaching style! Our goal is to help your young runner get introduced to running, improve their skills and health, and become ready to successfully race the 5K or 1 Mile distance.

  • 1/10 Ratio: The program will keep an approximately 1/10 ratio of coaches to runners.

  • Team Atmosphere: The CARA Stars! youth team is just that, a team! Young runners will not only become better runners, but learn team values in this fun environment.

  • Competition: A three event competition schedule at CARA 'Go Run events for runners to compete, chase personal improvement, and goals. No additional fees to participate in 'Go Run.

  • NovaCare Hotline: Gain access to CARA's Injury Hotline with Novacare Physical Therapist ready to support your injury questions.

  • Communication: A weekly parent newsletter with announcements, practice plan, and team information.

  • Hydration Support: Gatorade Endurance and water available at all practices.




Registration Type
Program Registration (All Sessions) - $360
Program Registration (Weekend Sessions Only) - $180

Registration Terms:

  • Current CARA members receive a $10 discount after membership validation

  • Participants receive a included 2018 CARA Youth Membership ($15)

  • Optional uniform fee $25 (Required for competitions. Returners may use uniform from previous seasons.)

  • All online credit card payments are subject to a credit card fee from our registration provider. To pay by check, mail check to CARA, 549 W. Randolph St, Suite 704, Chicago, IL. Include a note with "CARA Stars! Fall Season Registration", as well as full name, e-mail, phone number of parent/guardian who will complete the registration. You will then be contacted with details to complete registeration online without credit card payment.

  • Refunds: No refunds will be issued for any reason

  • Credits / Deferrals: Participants may withdraw from the program prior to the first day of practice (9/11/18) for any reasons and receive a credit to any CARA program or event of equal or lessor value. Credit expires at the end of the next calendar year. Complete terms and conditions will be provided upon request

Parent Volunteers:

  • Parents interested in volunteering at practices and competitions may e-mail Coach Cuffe (

Weather Policy:

  • Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.