CARA

Youth Circuit presented by Mathnasium

The CARA Youth Circuit presented by Mathnasium, has been developed to promote youth participation local races and to create a competitive structure for young runners. Young runners of all levels may participate in CARA Youth Circuit to chase personal and competitive goals, to complement their school-based programs and to enjoy the camaraderie of the CARA running community.  

2018 Standings

2018 CARA Youth Circuit Schedule

Date

 Race

8 & U

 9 & 10

11 & 12 

13 & 14 

15 & 16 

17 & 18 

June 1

Magis Mile

 1Mi.

1Mi.

1Mi.

1Mi.

1Mi.

1Mi.

June 17

Race Against Hate

 5K

5K 

 5K

 5K

5K 

 5K

July 4

 Elmhurst 4 on the 4th

1K

1K

1K

4Mi.

4Mi.

4Mi.

July 14

 'Go Run Humboldt Park

 1Mi.

1Mi. 

1Mi. 

 1Mi.

 5K

 5K

July 29

 NU Run for Walk

4.1 Mi.

4.1 Mi.  

4.1 Mi. 

4.1 Mi.  

4.1 Mi.  

 4.1 Mi. 

August 11

 'Go Run Warren Park

1Mi.

1Mi.  

1Mi. 

1Mi. 

5K 

5K 

August 25

'Go Run Washington Park

1Mi.

1Mi.

1Mi.

5K

5K

5K

September 8

Itasca Oktoberfast 5K

5K

5K

5K

5K 

N/A

N/A 

 

2018 Standings: Download file

2017 Standings:  Download file

Awards:  The top three boys and girls in the final standings in each age group will be awarded.

Eligibility for Awards: Runners must be CARA members individually or be listed as part of a CARA Family Membership by July 22, 2018 to qualify for year-end awards. Runners who do not meet the membership requirement will be dropped from the final standings and will not be eligible for awards; scores will not be re-calculated. CARA Youth Member is only $15 for the year. Members receive discounted entry at all Youth Circuit Races. 'Go Runs are free to all.

Runners must complete at least two (2) Youth Circuit races to qualify for year-end awards. A runner may participate in as many races as they wish, but only a runners five best scores will be counted in their final point total. All other scores will be dropped. 

Age Groups:

  • 8 & Under
  • 9 & 10
  • 11 & 12
  • 13 & 14
  • 15 & 16
  • 17 & 18

Age Group Determination:  Runners will compete in the same age division for the entire circuit, even if their age changes during the circuit. A runner's age group will be determined by the runner's age their first race they complete of the season. If a runner has a birthday during the Youth Circuit after their first race, they will not change age groups within the Circuit, but at an individual race will compete under that race's rules for age group awards.

Scoring:

All runners will be scored automatically. Runners who join CARA during the Circuit will receive points for their finishes in all Youth Circuit races, including those prior to their joining CARA. Runners will receive five (5) points for a first-place finish in their Youth Circuit age-group, three (3) for a second-place finish, and one (1) for a third-place finish.

Distance:

In order to score points, runners must run the distance race assigned to their age group. An effort has been made to assign younger runners to shorter distances through most of the Circuit. This is to aid in the young runners' development, allowing them to learn how to race and compete over a manageable distance, rather than simply learning how to finish a longer distance.

Schedule:

All Youth Circuit races were chosen from races held at CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit races or at CARA ‘Go Runs. CARA 'Go Runs are free events. 

Presented by:

Mathnasium Learning Centers offer customized math tutoring services helping kids in grades K-12 develop math skills through homework lessons & tutorials. The opportunity to partner with CARA and its Youth Running Circuit is the perfect match for the 40+ Chicago area Mathnasium Learning Centers.,” says Julie Crawford, Director of Mathasium’s Chicagoland Coop. “The ability to exercise children's minds as well as their bodies is something we believe in wholeheartedly."