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Whether you are training for a race, seeking the camaraderie and support of a running group, or just looking to get involved and give back in your community, becoming a member of the Chicago Area Runners Association is a great way to support your running, and the work CARA provides to the Chicagoland running community at-large. 


Your annual membership contribution supports CARA’s mission as a 501c3 not-for-profit to serve and advocate for the local running community, and to provide accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer. All the while, providing you great member benefits! 

Join us for 2021, and enjoy not only what you get, but also what you support for the local running community.


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All new memberships and renewals completed at this time will be active through 12/31/2021

2021 CARA Supporter Level members now receive extra perks. Learn more HERE.

Benefits of CARA Supporter Level Membership: 

Your membership supports:

  • Charity Running: Subsidized training for charity runners raising funds for over 50 local and national charities.

  • Advocacy and Community Service: Initiatives including trail improvements and clean-ups.

  • Removing Barriers: Making running more accessible through the neighborhood park-based, ‘Go Run program which provides free and welcoming 5K and 1 Mile events in underserved parks.

  • Hydration: Hydration stations along the Lakefront Trail and at six different suburban trailheads serve up to 20,000 cups of water and Gatorade Endurance on a given weekend.

  • Better Races: CARA Race Certification and free race director clinics helping local races improve their safety and operational standards.

  • Education: Clinics from top experts at no cost to help runners gain the knowledge to take their running to new levels.


Your member benefits include:

  • Local Race Discounts: Discounts for over 120 local races. 2019 discounts included favorites such as the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Soldier Field 10 Mile, Chicago Half Marathon, F^3 Half Marathon, Ragnar, CARA Circuit races, and many more!

  • CARA Events: 10%-15% discount on all CARA events (up to $35 per event) including the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K, Ready to Run 20 Miler, Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP, Honda Miles Per Hour Run, and the new Chi-Town Miles.

  • CARA Training: 15% discount on all CARA training programs (up to $35 per program), including our popular summer marathon training program.

  • Weekday Group Runs: Weekday group runs at locations around the city and suburbs.

  • Tuesday Track Workouts: Weekly supported group speed workouts from March to October.

  • Racing: Private gear check, race discounts, and awards eligibility for the CARA Runners' Choice Circuit.

  • Hotline: Access to the NovaCare Rehabilitation Injury Hotline.

  • Online Tools: Access to an online member account with online training and race log, and access to members-only parts of the CARA Runs mobile app.

  • Newsletter: Digital subscription to the CARA Connection e-newsletter


All renewed memberships are valid through December 31, 2021. CARA Supporter Membership dues are as follows:



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CARA Supporter Level Membership Dues:

Membership Type
Annual Dues
  • All new memberships and renewals expire 12/31/21.
  • Family membership includes two adult memberships who reside in the same household and may include all students (24 & under) that reside in that same household.
  • Those full-time students 24 & under are eligible for student memberships.
  • Please note, training programs are not included with membership dues.
  • CARA races discounts include typically over 100 local races and all CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races, excluding the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.