As part of Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), you are part of a unique community that has grown into the nation's third-largest running club. As a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, your membership supports our mission to advocate for the running community, and to provide runners opportunities to train, race, learn, be social, and volunteer. 

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All new memberships and renewals completed at this time will be active through 12/31/2020. Option to join through 2021 available.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Provides support for CARA's advocacy and community-based programs and volunteer work (Learn More).

  • 10%-15% discount on all CARA events (up to $35 per event).

  • 10%-15% discount on all CARA training programs (up to $35 per program).

  • Discounted entry fees for over 100 local races (2018 race list), including CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races.

  • Access to exclusive CARA member events, clinics, group runs, and social runs.

  • Access to CARA member gear check at CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races and many other local events.

  • Eligibility for the CARA Runners' Choice Circuit competitive and participation awards.

  • Access to the NovaCare Rehabilitation Injury Hotline.

  • Digital subscription to the CARA Connection e-newsletter.

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Membership Fees / Terms:

Membership Type
Annual Dues
  • All new memberships and renewals expire 12/31/19.
  • *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 fees.
  • CARA races discounts include typically over 100 local races and all CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races, excluding the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.