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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

Benefits of CARA Supporter Level Membership:

  • CARA Supporter Level members are those with Individual, Family, and Student member packages. 

  • 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).

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

  • Discounted entry fees for over 100 local races including CARA Circuit races, and local favorites such as the F3 Half Marathon, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Soldier Field 10 Mile, Chicago Half Marathon, and many more!

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

  • Access to weekly supported group speed workouts beginning March 12th. 

  • 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.

  • Access to an online member account with online training and race log.

  • Discounts and offers from CARA partners like Road Runner Sports, Orangetheory Fitness, Wintrust Community Banks, and many more.

  • Digital subscription to the CARA Connection e-newsletter.

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CARA Supporter Level Membership Dues:

Membership Type
Annual Dues
  • All new memberships and renewals expire 12/31/20.
  • *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 dues.
  • CARA races discounts include typically over 100 local races and all CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races, excluding the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.