CARA to Offer Free Race Director Clinics

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The Chicago Area Runners Association is now offering a new class aimed specifically at race directors.

On the first Tuesday of every month, free Race Director Clinics will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the CARA office at 549 W. Randolph St. Each clinic will accept 15 attendees who are required to register online.

“These clinics are aimed at both new and experienced race directors who are looking to increase their skills, better understand the CARA Best Practices Guidelines as well as network with fellow event, running club and charity organization leaders,” its website says.

Each clinic will follow the same agenda, featuring a unique guest speaker to ensure each clinic offers a new learning opportunity. The first clinic will take place on Dec. 6, and the speaker will be Dave Kappas, a popular announcer for Chicago races.

In addition to the guest speaker, the clinics will have a session from CARA’s Director of Events Greg Hipp to go over race guidelines and tips for both small and large races. There will also be time for a group discussion, where directors are encouraged to share their experiences.

Those who attend the clinic will receive a reduced CARA Race Certification fee rate for their events of $50 off for all applications in 2017.


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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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