If you live or run in Chicago and you’ve ever been on the Lakefront trail on a Saturday summer morning you’ve seen the hoards of runners running two by two, stopping at pop-up water stations, with someone in front wearing a shirt that says “CARA” on it. That’s the Chicago Area Runners Association marathon training program and it might be the only encounter you’ve ever had with CARA. But did you know they do so much more than just provide marathon training?
In fact, I’m a CARA member but I’ve never even done the marathon training program. Nope. I’m a CARA member for other reasons. What are they? Well, here’s a list of six reasons you should join.