Preferred Event Partners

CARA Event Partners: 

CARA partners and refers only the best and most respected companies and event professionals in Chicagoland. The partners below are of the highest quality and can be trusted with your event.




Marathon Sportswear is proud to be the official apparel partner of the Chicago Area Runners Association.  Marathon is a family-owned company located in Blue Island. For over 38 years, we have customized apparel for thousands of races and events in the Chicagoland Area and throughout the Midwest.  We are passionate about running and are actively involved with the running community.  At Marathon, we combine this passion with state of the art printing equipment and techniques, fast turn-around times, and the most competitive pricing to provide your event with customized apparel suited to your specific needs.  Marathon Sportswear can accommodate orders of any size. Please contact Joe Piko for price quotes or questions ( / 708-389-5390)



Running Awards & Apparel is the official awards partner of the Chicago Area Runners Association. Run by experienced running enthusiasts, Running Awards & Apparel offers Race Directors unparalleled assistance with all facets of running event development and with product needs; from event branding support to the design and manufacturing of a wide variety of medals, to custom overall awards and apparel for all types of running events. We help your runners celebrate the joy of running and help you keep them coming back year after year.

On the production end, our sales team is supported by a talented, in-house graphic design team as well as veteran engraving and printing artisans. With over 20-years of event and fulfillment experience under our belt, Running Awards & Apparel not only provides the highest quality of products and service but also industry-leading turn-around times to help our running communities meet their goals. Email:; Phone: (630) 687-8758


Event Registration:

The Driven Race and Club Solutions is driven to be leaders in comprehensive software solutions for event and club organizers. Our Event Solutions and Club Solutions platforms offer free, robust, customizable registration and data management options, backed by unmatched personalized, friendly, and responsive customer service. When used in tandem, our Event and Club Solutions platforms provide a uniquely yours all-in-one solution utilized by endurance and professional clubs across the country. Be a part of our among The Driven.


Timing, Course Certification, Event Management: 

Big River Race Management (BRRM) is the official timing partner of the Chicago Area Runners Association and official timer of CARA's Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K. Staying on the cutting edge of technology, BRRM has adopted the ChronoTrack Live RaceCasting services which feature online registration, onsite registration, dynamic race check-in, mobile results, real-time online results, mobile and social media athlete updates, onsite results, athlete photography and athlete video. Big River Race Management is proud to call themselves the Midwest's premier race timing and event management company.

Zach Edmonson would love to sit down and talk with you. Email him: or call (312) 972-9323.


Promotional Items / Amenities

FlashMagenets - It is an honor to be an official keepsake photography partner of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA). We, at Flash Magnets, have made a commitment to stand by your side and offer you a unique and innovative service that will take your organizational quality to the next level. Fully understanding the complicated organization procedure of a race event and the significance of supporting an important cause, we will create the best keepsake photography experience that will impress you and your participants alike. Our world-class photographers will be there to capture precious and awe-inspiring moments during the race event, providing the participants with unique photo magnet keepsakes. The photo magnets will be created on site within minutes to vividly preserve your event’s memories. We can start with a brief consultation to discuss the customization possibilities and a quick presentation of our tactics that will lead to increased publicity and participants’ attendance for any upcoming event. But before any of that, just take a minute to think about how much your participants will be amazed by the awesome photo magnet they will receive as a keepsake of your race event. The difference is in the details and that’s why we always focus on the detail when it comes to offering you a unique and memorable magnet photo experience! Upgrade your race events with a photo magnet from Flash Magnets! For inquiries, contact Roi at or 866-653-5274.


BibBoards, Inc. is a leading USA athletics company primarily focused on ridding the world of unsafe safety pins through the development and distribution of innovative BibBoards® racing bib fasteners. BibBoards’ highly skilled team maximizes consumer race experiences and enables new and exciting non-virtual marketing opportunities for races and companies. BibBoards’ state of the art technology and responsive fulfillment team let it create and (if needed) rush-deliver anywhere in the USA custom BibBoards orders containing any lawful imagery fitting on the product’s lightweight front surface. Contact co-Founder Brian Goodell at 925-918-2494 to discuss opportunities for your event.


Kudos makes the Kudos Coaster Plus, a customizable display case that doubles as a coaster. Kudos helps people preserve and display their accomplishments by producing inexpensive, quality-made products that combine form and function. The Kudos Coaster Plus is a great addition to any event to remind finishers of their accomplishment year-round. Email for more information on how to bring Kudos to your event.


Graphic Design, Marketing Design, T-Shirt Design, Medal Design

Greg Itahara - A process-driven design expert with over 20-years of experience with some of the industry’s most elite agencies and design studios, Greg has developed award-winning graphic campaigns for brands like Altoids, Starbucks, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble and Jenn-Air, and his print designs have been seen in magazines and billboards around the globe. 

 He has combined his two passions of endurance events and design to create one of a kind art for races, race kits, training programs, finisher medals, and apparel.

To see his portfolio visit or email for a consultation on how to take your event to the next branded level.


Flashframe provides endurance photography tagging and hosting to races around the world of any size. Our platform provides a unique solution for both race directors, photographers, and spectators to share, distribute, and sell photos to event participants. Within minutes of uploading, participants can easily find their photos by searching bib number, or using a number of other unique search criteria including time, location, or, our patent pending, shirt color. Make race photography as simple as it should be and use Flashframe at your next race. For more information, contact Nate at