For Race Directors

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) has a long history of supporting and assisting race directors as part of our mission to improve the running experience of our membership and all runners across Chicagoland. This fulfills, as well, our mission to raise the standard of road racing all across Chicagoland. This support comes in the form of advocacy, competitive structure, operational guidance, race certification, race promotion as well as awarding both participants and race directors who best help advance the mission to improve local running.

CARA Race Director Resources:  

  • CARA Best Practices Guidelines - Guidelines for a quality, safe and successful runner's first event.

  • Race Director Clinics - CARA hosts a monthly free race director clinic.

  • CARA Race Certification Information / Application - Race's may partner with CARA to assert their excellence in event direction and to promote their events.

  • CARA Race Calendar Submissions - Submit your race to be included on our calendar. To do so visit our race calendar and click on any red "+" sign on the calendar. Complete the form to follow. Submissions will be reviewed and posted weekly.

  • CARA Runners Choice Circuit Details and Information - The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit is a race series providing runners top races, fun competition, and incredible camaraderie. All runners may compete in these races and CARA members may score points and year-end awards in Overall, Age Group, Age Graded, Clydesdale, Club, Participation, Long Distance, and Corporate competitions.  This Circuit is assembled with the input of CARA’s membership, the CARA Racing Committee, the CARA staff and CARA Board of Directors.

  • CARA Awards Party - A celebration of racing and achievement.

  • Race Promotion - CARA offers opportunities for CARA Certified Races to promote themselves to CARA membership and the Chicago area running community? Only CARA Certified Races are eligible for promotion through CARA. Contact Alona at for opportunities. 

Please direct questions regarding CARA Road Race Services to


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.


Learn more about our partners HERE.