As the days get shorter and colder, the Chicago Area Runners Association wants to make sure its runners are safe, especially after a summer with several attacks on runners.

The city’s largest running club is hosting a Winter Safety Seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Road Runner Sports in Kingsbury Center. CARA Director of Training Leah Bohr will provide tips on dressing for winter running, and discuss training plans. Following, a Chicago Police Department officer will present a safety demonstration to teach runners self-defense moves to use if they become a victim of assault.

Also at the event will be members from the F^3 Half Marathon and NovaCare to give a short presentation. The event is open and to all Winter Pass participants and CARA members, but CARA requests those interested RSVP.

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Holly’s running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism.

Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.

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