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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 extend through 12/31/19

Benefits of Joining:

  • Provides support for CARA's advocacy and community based programs and volunteer work such as charity team training, the 'Go Run program, Lakefront Trail and Forest Preserve hydration stations, CARA Race Certification, CARA's free Race Director Clinics, youth running programs, trail clean-ups, our work to represent runners with local municipalities and more.

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

  • Access to CARA member gear check at CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races and many other local events.

  • Eligibility for the CARA Runners' Choice Circuit awards and CARA Circuit and Participation Awards.

  • Access to the NovaCare Rehabilitation Injury Hotline where you can have your injury questions answer by a NovaCare physical therapist.

  • Get involved through volunteerism... CARA members give over 42,000 volunteer hours each year in nearly 10,000 volunteer roles.

  • Discounted entry fees for over 100 local races.

  • Discounted CARA member registration rates for CARA training programs, races, and events.

  • Discounts and offers from CARA partners like NovaCare Rehabilitation, Road Runner Sports, Polar, and many more.

  • Digital subscription to the CARA Connection newsletter.

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Membership Fees / Terms:

Membership Type
Annual Dues
  • All new memberships and renewals expire 12/31/19.
  • *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 fees.