CARA Introduces Mobile App


The Chicago Area Runners Association is excited to introduce the CARA Runs app! Bringing the Chicagoland running community closer to you.

“A major 2019 goal for CARA is to better engage and communicate with our members. We have a wide menu of programming and events, and we work in countless ways to serve the running community,” says CARA Executive Director Greg Hipp. “However, time and time again I hear from runners ‘I didn’t know you did that’, so the new CARA Runs app is our new tool to better connect with our runners to share information about what we’re doing, and all that is happening in local running.”

With the CARA Runs app runners will have access to:

  • Digital Membership Card
  • Member Discounts
  • Earn Points and Win Prizes!
  • Discussion Forums
  • Calendars for CARA Events, Local Races, Group Runs, Training Programs, and More
  • Hydration Station Info
  • Social Media Feeds
  • News & Resources
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation Injury Hotline
  • And More!

Participation Points: Earn points through the CARA Runs app by attending different CARA programs and events, answering trivia questions and completing in app challenges. Earning 50 points a month will enter you to win a prize each month! Event attendance will be tracked by geolocation through the app. Be sure to set location services and notifications to “on” to earn participation points, get notifications about events, and earn special offers!

Examples of points to earn: Attend a group run for 10 points, join Tuesday night speedwork for 20 points, attend ‘Go Run at a local park for 20 points, race or volunteer at Lakefront 10 Miler for 100 points. There will be plenty of opportunities for points every single week!

Leaderboard: Like a little friendly competition? The app will display a leaderboard showing you where you stand in number of points compared to other CARA Members. Fight for that top spot by attending more events and answering daily trivia questions in the app. Every additional 50 points is an extra entry.

Search “CARA Runs” in the app store to download on iOS or Android, or download it here. The app is free and most features are accessible to all users. CARA members will have special members only access within the app for member offers and race discounts.


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