CARA’s Free Timed Runs Come Back This Fall

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After implementing them this summer and seeing much success, the Chicago Area Runners Association has scheduled more ‘Go Runs to occur in the city this fall.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings between Sept. 24 and Nov. 12, runners can meet in Humboldt, Warren and Washington Parks to participate in the chip-timed 1-mile or 5K races. The Chicago Park District will pick up the $9,000 bill to keep these events free for runners, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The first series was held from May 21 to July 9, and had nearly 1,800 runners participate. Almost 3,000 miles were ran over the summer during the program, proving it to be a success, Chicago Park District spokeswoman Jessica Mazey-Faulkner says.

“We implemented ‘Go Runs with the hopes of bringing running to neighborhoods that normally don’t think of health and fitness,” Executive Director of CARA Ed Zylka says. Zylka hopes to bring the program to the suburbs next year.

Details for the runs will be posted on CARA’s Facebook page, and emailed to those registered the Thursday prior. Online registrations, which are preferred, mustbe submitted by 11:59 p.m. the Thursday before the race. Race-day registration will be available beginning at 8:15 a.m., and participants may run at any ‘Go Run with the same sign-up.

The non-profit organization is also looking for volunteers to help out on race days. Those signed up will be helping with registration, check-in, gear check, hydration, course marshals and start and finish line management. Participants are able to both volunteer and run on the same day.

“‘Go Runs are open to everyone who is interested in coming out to their neighborhood park to race, run, jog, walk and volunteer,” CARA’s website says. “Volunteers are needed to help support each run, and to encourage greater community engagement at each.”

For more information, including course maps, visit www.cararuns.org/gorun/

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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.

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