As part of Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) community, you are part of a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that has served the Chicago area running community since 1978! Starting as the local running club, CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland. Your CARA membership supports our efforts in the local running community. CARA relies upon memberships, contributions and volunteer support as we serve the local running community in a variety of ways. 

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All new 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 Participation and Long Distance Awards.

  • Access to the 24-hour NovaCare Rehabilitation Injury Hotline where you can have your injury questions answer by a NovaCare physical therapist.

  • Get involved through volunteerism... CARA members gave over 42,000 volunteer hours last year for nearly 10,000 volunteer roles.

  • Discounted entry fees for over 100 local races.

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

  • Discounts and offers from CARA partners like NovaCare Rehabilitation, Road Runner Sports, Dick's Sporting Goods, Strava, 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 youth (22 & under) that reside in that same household.
  • **Those 22 & under are eligible for youth memberships.
  • Please note, training programs are not included with general membership fees.