Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) Executive Director Kevin Jermyn has been selected to lead Team USA’s men’s distance squad at the 2017 Pan American Junior Championship in Lima, Peru July 21–23, 2017.
Jermyn has been at the helm of CARA since October 2016. He has been busy in his first seventh months leading the nation’s third largest local running organization, and the largest in the Midwest.
Jermyn has led CARA’s effort to expand ‘Go Run, CARA’s free-timed run program help in underserved neighborhoods. In 2017 the program offers 72 free 1 Mile and 5K running events at Humboldt Park, Warren Park, and Washington Park. The program, in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Mayors office, aims to activate neighborhood parks, build community, and encourage active lifestyle through running and volunteerism.
Jermyn has also expanded CARA’s training and coaching programs; added new beginning running programs, introducing group training opportunities for 5K to 10 Mile running, group speed work and formalizing CARA’s personal coaching structure to better serve local runners. Jermyn also spearheaded the partnership to bring the Chicago Flyers Youth Club under the CARA umbrella.
“As the executive director of CARA, I am blessed with the opportunity to develop and enhance running opportunities for a diverse population of Chicagoans. I am excited to introduce the magic of running to new communities of people through our ‘Go Run and Beginning Running programs. It is amazingly fulfilling to help thousands of runners to successfully complete a marathon each year and especially to help these runners raise millions of dollars for charities”.
Prior to CARA, Jermyn most notably led the women’s cross-country and distance runners at Duke University. There he served 14 years as the program’s Head Cross Country Coach (2000–2014) and Associate Head Coach for Track and Field, mentoring numerous national and elite level competitors, including Shannon Rowbury, who went on to set the American Record for 5,000-meters. Jermyn’s Blue Devil teams were NCAA runner-up in cross country in 2004 and 2005.
Kevin has run competitively and recreationally since 1989. He began as a high school runner in New York, where he won three national championships and the prestigious Millrose Games mile. Collegiately, Jermyn competed at Georgetown University, where he was an All-American and helped the Hoyas earn several Big East team titles. He competed professionally for the Reebok Enclave in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the 1998 USATF Club national cross country championship team.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to coach Team USA at the 2017 Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships. It is a special privilege to help our nation’s young track & field stars compete their very best with the top junior athletes from South America through North America”.
Kevin’s duties with Team USA will occur concurrently with his role as CARA’s Executive Director.