CARA Stars! Youth Club

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. Our team is open to youth, ages 8-14, children of all abilities are welcome.


CARA Stars! Coaches:

Tom Cuffe, CARA Coach and 45-year coaching veteran at the youth & elite levels.

Nick Schneighert, CARA Coach and a veteran coach at the youth, high school and college levels.

Practice Location: 

Lincoln Park Wilson Track by Montrose Beach (Wilson Dr. & Lake Shore Dr.)

Practice Dates: Summer Season - May 6 to July 22, 2018

CARA Stars! practices include age-appropriate instruction in running form, technique, dynamic work, speed, agility, balance, core and specialized event training.

  • Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday's 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


  • May 13 - No Practice (Mothers Day)
  • June 17 - No Practice (Fathers Day) 
  • July 22 - Team Party!

Competition Schedule: Summer Season

We encourage kids to compete in order to gain valuable experience in pursuing personal goals and to see rewarding results from the hard work and dedication they have put in at practice. It is fun to be part of the team experience and enjoy the atmosphere of a track meet. The schedule is made with a variety of opportunities through open races for the community to the traditional youth track meets held in the area. Coaches are present at all local meets to help support and prepare the athletes for their race and give them a positive experience in a competitive atmosphere.

  • June 9 - TBD
  • June 21-23 - USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship (Lisle)
  • July 5-8 - USATF Region 7 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship (Muncie, Ind.)*
  • July 12 - University of Chicago Track Club Open Meet (Chicago)
  • July 19 - University of Chicago Track Club Open Meet (Chicago)
  • July 23-29 - USATF Junior Olympic Championship (Greensboro, NC)*

*Must qualify from prior USATF competition.

Club Dues: Summer Season


Registration Type Fee
2018 Summer Season (Sunday's Only) $190
2018 Summer Season (Tuesday's and Sunday's)
Uniform Fee** $25

CARA Member Discount:  $15 discount - CARA member dues for parents with a current individual or family membership, or youth with a current youth membership.

Family Discount: Register 2 or more children through group registration and a receive 10% discount on dues.

Payment by Check: To avoid credit card fees, send check for amount owed to CARA, 549 W. Randolph St, Suite 704, Chicago, IL 60661. Provide full name, e-mail and note that check is for CARA Stars! dues. CARA will then contact to complete registration.

**Team members who choose to compete are required to purchase a team uniform (singlet/tank top). Team members who have a uniform from a previous season are not required to purchase a new uniform. Team members should provide their own shorts (solid black, limited print/logos). Uniform fee will increase 

Summer Dues Include:

  • Practice sessions with experienced and expert coaches endorsed by CARA (Coach/Athlete ratio of approx. 1/10).

  • Coaching and support at scheduled meets/competitions.

  • Hydration at practice (Water & Gatorade Endurance).

  • End of Season Party! (July 22)

  • Weekly Club E-Newsletter to Parents.

  • Fee includes 2017 CARA Youth Membership for the child and all standard CARA Youth membership benefits.

  • NovaCare Rehabilitation injury hotline access.

  • Competition entry fees, when applicable, for competitions/races NOT included.

  • Parents are responsible for traveling their child to competitions and providing supervision.

Questions: E-mail Leah Bohr at

Weather Policy: Please review CARA's weather policy HERE.