Board of Directors:

Charge: The volunteer CARA Board of Directors is a governing board charged with providing oversight and strategic direction for the organization. The Board’s general mandate includes, but is not limited to: setting CARA policy, financial oversight, strategic planning, fundraising, legal oversight, recruiting candidates for board service, determining and monitoring CARA’s programs and services, elevating CARA’s public image, hiring the executive director, supporting the executive director, and reviewing his/her performance and compensation. CARA’s employees, under the direction of the Executive Director, are responsible for the day‐to‐day management of the organization and annual planning efforts.

The Board of Directors shall consist of at least ten (10) but no more than fifteen (15) directors with voting privileges elected to two‐year (calendar year) terms, including two Directors appointed by the President to two‐year terms, and the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Immediate Out‐going President.

Qualifications:  To be eligible for nomination as an Officer or Director of CARA, a nominee must have been a dues-paying member of CARA for at least six months immediately preceding nomination. A prospective nominee shall: (1) support the mission, vision, and values of CARA; (2) demonstrate a commitment to running through prior participation and or service to the sport or demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of need; (3) be able to focus in a team environment on high-level governance and oversight; (4) be able to participate in discussions with respect and tolerance for differing opinions and ideas; (5) be willing to share power and delegate tasks; and (6) understand the roles and responsibilities of a CARA Board Member. Directors must reside in the Chicagoland region. Finally, for purposes of receipt of notices as provided in these Bylaws, Directors shall provide the Executive Director with an email address that shall be maintained throughout the Director’s term of office.

Expectations: Directors must: (1) Maintain a dues‐paying CARA membership at all times while a member of the board; (2) Attend or call‐in to a minimum of 75% of quarterly meetings, with at least 50% in‐person attendance at quarterly meetings, and make every reasonable effort to attend or call‐in to “special meetings” when/if called. Absences may be excused by the President if extenuating circumstances exist (which determination shall be in the sole discretion of the President); (3) Participate in electronic discussions and / or votes; (4) Maintain an active engagement in CARA programs and events as a participant and/or volunteer; (5) If called upon, annually serve in at least two volunteer or committee positions each year; (6) Prioritize CARA in personal financial contributions, with an annual gift of at least $500 by the end of each year’s first-quarter ending in March. With the exception of being a dues‐paying member of CARA in good standing throughout their term as a Director, the President has the sole discretion to temporarily excuse compliance with these Expectations, for good cause shown.

Application: Click Here (Any eligible member is encouraged to apply)


Nominating Committee:

Charge: The CARA Nominating Committee serves to oversee the CARA Board of Director's membership and roles. Committee members recruit, review applications, interview, and send forth recommendations to the CARA Board of Directors.


Race Committee:

Charge: The CARA Race Committee is charged with the oversight and planning of the CARA Runners' Choice Circuit, as well as serving to represent the voice of CARA membership and local running clubs. 

The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit has a purpose to promote participation local races, to create a competitive structure for area runners, and has long been a source of camaraderie for local runners and within and between local running clubs. Runners of all levels annually participate in CARA Circuit Races to chase personal and competitive goals, to complement their year-long training programs, and to enjoy the camaraderie of the CARA running community. The circuit includes many of Chicagoland’s most well organized and well-appreciated races. Circuit races are found in both the city and suburbs and include both major world-class events and local club races alike. Circuit races are annually assembled with the input of CARA’s membership, the CARA Racing Committee, the CARA staff and CARA Board of Directors.

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