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At CARA we know running is more than sport; running changes lives! The funds you raise as a Team CARA ‘Go Run charity runner allow CARA to remove the barriers associated with getting involved in organized running, so everyone has access to the incredible benefits running offers. 


‘Go Run, a partnership between CARA and the Chicago Park District, has an objective to activate neighborhood parks, build communities and encourage an active lifestyle through running. 


Our series of free, timed One-Mile and 5k runs, aims to become an integral part of neighborhood culture, encouraging organic community engagement at each run. Operating in different neighborhood parks around Chicago, ‘Go Run has the capacity to reach the community in an environment that naturally integrates families, neighborhoods, and encourages community engagement. 


Runners who join Team CARA ‘Go Run are asked to raise a minimum of $1,250. Team CARA ‘Go Run charity runners will receive a guaranteed entry to the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, along with other rewards. 

  • Guaranteed entry to the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

  • Free registration to CARA’s Summer Marathon Training Program 

  • Custom Team CARA ‘Go Run charity team tech-shirt 

  • Access to marathon-specific workshops & events 

  • Entry to the Orangetheory Fitness Ready to Run 20 Miler 

  • Entry to CARA’s Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP Experience at the Palmer House Hilton 

  • A 2020 CARA Membership that includes exclusive discounts and opportunities to attend unique member events 

  • Personal fundraising website and fundraising toolkit 

  • Donor incentives 

  • Access to additional CARA training and events, premium fundraising prizes and more! 


Thank you to the 2019 Team CARA charity team! 
Through your support, CARA was able to expand ‘Go Run programming to new parks, bridging location gaps to ensure that more members of the community have the opportunity to participate in a ‘Go Run event. In 2019, there was a remarkable increase in family participation and neighborhood awareness with an increase of new registrants from surrounding neighborhoods. Thank you for helping make ‘Go Run available and accessible, building confidence and promoting a healthy lifestyle within families and communities. 


Questions? E-Mail Jillian at jillian@cararuns.org or call 312-262-7832. 


Not training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Contact Team CARA ‘Go Run and still give back and receive the benefits of Team CARA while you fundraise for your running event. 

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