You're still winning even when you're six feet behind! 

A virtual run series to encourage runners and to promote safe social distancing in the running community.

Let's keep running, but let's do it safely. Commit to safe social distancing practices in your running as we battle the COVID-19. CARA Virtual Events support the Chicago Area Runners Association, a 501c3 not-for-profit committed to serving and advocating for the local running community.

 

Your support of our virtual runs helps us during this challenging time when we are limited in our ability to provide in-person programming and events that fund our mission. Learn about how we've responded to COVID-19 here.

MAN VS. MACHINE

  • Registration Opens: April 22, 2020 (Earth Day!) (Early access registration open now!)

  • Registration Deadline: May 10, 2020

  • Challenge Dates: April 22 to May 17, 2020

  • Challenge: Stay home, save lives! Ditch the car and commit to running from home. CARA's "Man vs. Machine" virtual event challenges you to run more than you drive. Successfully complete this challenge as many days as you can between April 22 (Earth Day) and May 17, 2020. You're not only supporting run safety, you are helping the environment by not driving.

  • Instructions: Run following run safety guidelines as often and as much as you desire during the challenge dates. For each day you run or walk more than you drove, return here and submit a "Challenge Completed" results submission.

  • Registration Fee: $25 (includes free domestic shipping)

  • Shipping: Shirts will print and ship shortly after the close of registration.

Virtual Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K, & 2 Mile Walk

  • Registration Opens: April 15, 2020

  • Registration Deadline: July 1, 2020

  • Challenge Dates: April 15 to July 1, 2020

  • Challenge: Run or walk your chosen distance of 10 Miles, 5K or 2 Miles. Run for fun or race for a best time. Do your best to run an accurate course. We recommend using a GPS watch, STRAVA, or measuring your route pre-run with an online mapping tool.

  • Instructions: Run or walk your chosen distance, 10 Mile, 5K, or 2 Miles following run safety guidelines. Then return here and submit your result. We will then ship your shirt (updated to a short sleeve tech shirt for spring and summer), and custom finishers medal. Results will be included in the official race day results in a special virtual category. Please note, virtual runs will not count for competitive awards or CARA Circuit scores but will count towards the CARA Racing Award (formerly Participation Award).

  • Registration Fee: $30 (includes shipping, shirt, custom finishers medal, and virtual bib to print). Participants who registered for the in-person event may change to virtual. Simply complete your run and submit your results, and we'll automatically switch you to virtual.

  • EARLY SHIPPING: All results received by May 15th will see their shirt and medal shipped early, with an expected arrival by June 1!

  • RUN LIVE: Want to run in-person? This event has a live version. Check out details at www.lakefront10.com.

RUN SOLO

  • Registration Opens: April 1, 2020

  • Registration Deadline: April 15, 2020 (CLOSED)

  • Challenge Dates: April 1 to April 18, 2020

  • Challenge: Commit to running alone to support social distancing. Successfully complete this challenge as many days as you can between April 1 and April 18, 2020.

  • Instructions: Run any distance following run safety guidelines as often as you desire during the challenge dates. For each day you run or walk alone, return here and submit your results.

  • Registration Fee: $25 (includes free domestic shipping)

  • Shipping: Shirts will print and ship shortly after the close of registration.

SOCIAL DISTANCE RUN

  • Registration Opens: March 18, 2020

  • Registration Deadline: March 25, 2020 (CLOSED)

  • Challenge Dates: March 18 to March 31, 2020

  • Challenge: Commit to safe social distancing while running, keeping at least six feet from other persons while running. Successfully complete this challenge as many days as you can between March 18 and March 31, 2020.

  • Instructions: Run any distance following run safety guidelines as often as you desire during the challenge dates. For each day you run or walk alone, return here and submit your results.

  • Registration Fee: $25 (includes free domestic shipping)

  • Shipping: Shirts will print and ship shortly after the close of registration.

Additional Resouces

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