CARA is the voice of the-every runner; whether you just run a few miles a week, are training for your first marathon or competing for an age group win.

Since 1978 the Chicago Area Runners Association -- CARA, a non-profit organization has been dedicated to running advocacy in Chicago and suburbs.  Starting as the local running club, CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland. We help runners run better, farther, faster and with more fun by clearing paths to a wealth of training, social, outreach and advocacy programs, while promoting friendships and personal fulfillment. 

We invite you to connect with CARA to support our mission as a volunteer, a charity runner and or as a contributor

Volunteer Opportunities

Team CARA Charity Team

Run for Charity / CARA Charity Partners

'Go Run Community Runs

Lakefront Trail Separation Project

Road Race / Race Director Services

Training Program Group Leaders