Runners' Choice Circuit

The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit has been developed 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.


2017 Standings


2018 Schedule




March 25

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K


April 8

The Good Life 5K

Oak Park

April 21

CARA's Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler


April 29

Ravenswood 5K


May 12

Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile


May 19

The Lew Blond Memorial 5K


June 2

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K


June 17

Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate 5K


July 4

Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th (4 Mile)


July 14

Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 (10 mile)


July TBA

NU Run for Walk 4.1 MIles


September 8

Itasca Octoberfast 5K


September 23

Chicago Half Marathon


October 7

Bank of America Chicago Marathon


October 27

Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase 5K

Lake Bluff


Credits:  Scores are completed by CARA member volunteers Jeff West, Doug Pearson, and Jeff Vorreyer.

Corrections: Please submit corrections HERE. E-mailed or phoned in corrections are not accepted.

Notice: Runners must be CARA members to be award eligible and remain in the final standings. The deadline to join or renew is July 31.

Rules: Circuit rules for individuals, clydesdale/athena, club and corporate circuit may be found HERE.

Circuit History: