Race, Run, Jog, Walk, Volunteer - 'Go Run
Weekly Free 5K & 1 Mile
ABOUT 'GO RUN
Everyone is welcome - Race, Run, Jog, Walk, Volunteer - 'Go Run!
'Go Run is produced in partnership between the Chicago Area Runners Association, a 501 c3 not-for-profit organization, and the Chicago Park District, and developing suburban park district partnerships.
'Go Runs are FREE and open to anyone in our effort to make running enjoyable and accessible to all, both newcomers, and long-time runners alike. Through 'Go Run, CARA, and the Chicago Park District have an objective to activate neighborhood parks, build communities and encourage an active lifestyle through running and volunteerism.
SCHEDULE / REGISTRATION
Click on park dates below for registration, volunteer sign-up, and for location maps, and course maps.
Please note: Participants must register for each 'Go Run date they will attend, including children. Registration will be online only (no walk-up / paper registrations at 'Go Run). Online registration for each 'Go Run date will open on Monday at Noon, the week of each 'Go Run, and will close when capacity (50 persons) is reached or Friday at 2:00 p.m. prior to each 'Go Run (which ever comes first). Please review our COVID-19 related changes HERE.
'Go Run parks include: 606 / Bloomingdale Trail, 63rd Street Beach Park, Big Marsh Park, Calumet Park, Clark Park, Columbus Park, Douglass Park, Garfield Park, Horner Park, Humboldt Park, Jackson Park, Lake Katherine (Palos Heights), Lake Arlington (Arlington Heights), Marquette Park, River Park, Warren Park. All parks Chicago, unless otherwise noted.
The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a non-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community. We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer.
CARA, with over 10,000 members, is the nation’s third-largest running club, serving as the voice of local runners, as well as providing over 1,300 dates of programming and events per year. Learn more at www.cararuns.org.
Race to the finish of "CARA-Land" to win a free 'Go Run shirt! Your CARA-Land game board is on the back of your 'Go Run bib. Move forward on the board by earning finisher points at each 'Go Run.
Earn 2 finisher points for finishes at Warren Park, Humboldt Park and 63rd St. Beach. Earn 3 points at all other parks. Double your points by completing challenges: 1.) First 'Go Run finish of the 2020 season., 2.) Bring a friend or family member to 'Go Run., 3.) Achieve a new personal best time., 4.) Finish on a cold (<50) or rainy day.
Keep track of your points after each 'Go Run. Then when you are one run away from reaching the "finish", submit your points during your next registration. A confirmation e-mail will be provided to participants to bring to their next ‘Go Run to redeem their shirt at the check-in tent.
Each 'Go Run will be limited to only 50 persons
Only registered participants may attend. Non-registered persons, including spectators, must stay out of the event area.
Non-registered persons may not participate or attend. Please do not attend if you are not registered for a specific 'Go Run date. Should we exceed gathering limitations, 'Go Run would be forced to cancel for the remainder of 2020.
Participants must register for each 'Go Run date they will attend, including children.
Registration will be online only (no walk-up / paper registrations at 'Go Run).
Online registration for each 'Go Run date will open on Monday at Noon, the week of each 'Go Run, and will close when capacity (50 persons) is reached or Friday at 2:00 p.m. prior to each 'Go Run (which ever comes first).
Persons who register for a 'Go Run date, and do not attend twice, will not be permitted to register or participate again during 2020.
Participants who already have a 2020 'Go Run bib do not need to check-in. They may report directly to the start line.
Participants without a bib should come to the blue tent to receive their bib up to 30 minutes before 'Go Run.
Participants must bring their own hydration bottle. Cups will not be provided.
Coolers, equipped with contactless "UltraSpouts" will be available for bottle refill only.
Masks / Face Covers:
Participants must have a mask or face cover with them at 'Go Run at all times.
Participants must wear a mask or face cover at check-in, hydration, the start line, and anytime they are within six feet of others.
Additional Participant Expectations:
Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19.
Persons from high-risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.
Do not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.).
Do not engage in close group pictures/selfies.
Only spit or blow nose into a tissue or handkerchief.
Do not share personal items, such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.
Participants may be required to exit the event or may be removed from ‘Go Runs permanently should their actions not meet expectations and or they are creating risk for themselves or others.
Free! 'Go Run is always free, but everyone must register for each 'Go Run they will participate in.
Participants must register for each 'Go Run date they will attend, including children. Registration will be online only (no walk-up / paper registrations at 'Go Run). Online registration for each 'Go Run date will open on Monday at Noon, the week of each 'Go Run, and will close when capacity (50 persons) is reached or Friday at 2:00 p.m. prior to each 'Go Run (which ever comes first).
What to Expect
Expect a laid back, unintimidating, and hassle-free experience where everyone is welcome. There will be runners, joggers, and walkers of all experience levels. Whether you are new to running or have been participating for years, 'Go Run welcomes you to take part.
8:30 a.m. - Check-In Opens
8:55 a.m. - Check-In Closes
9:00 a.m. - 5K and 1 Mile Start
Please check-in at your first 'Go Run each calendar year. Come to the blue tent at 'Go Run and pick-up your bib number. You only need to check in once per calendar year. Please keep your bib number and bring it to each 'Go Run. If you lose your bib, simply come to the blue tent and we will be happy to provide you a new one.
Results / Timing
'Go Run is timed and results will be posted online at www.webscorer.com/cara. Results are not posted at the run.
Please note, there are no competitive awards at Go Run. However, all participants can complete participation challenges to earn a free 'Go Run shirt. See "Play CARA-Land" below.
We will run/wak rain or shine. However, if there is lightning or other hazardous weather we will cancel or postpone.
Weather-related announcements will be made through the twitter feed at
Minors: Those under 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the participation waiver. There is no age minimum to participate. Parents and guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
Dogs: If your dog is friendly and well behaved in large groups you’re welcome to bring your dog. Please have your dog on a leash, abide by all Chicago Park District regulations and also please line up behind other participants at the start.
Strollers: Strollers are welcome, but for safety reasons those with strollers please line up behind other participants at the start. Through the run please stay aware of your surroundings as the park paths are not closed for these events.
Wheelchairs: Please join us! Note: Some of our routes include some non-paved crossings or uneven pavement.
Bikes / Skates: Please, no bikes, skates, skateboards or other wheeled devices not mentioned here. 'Go Runs are for those on foot only (except for those in wheelchairs and strollers).
Lost Bib-Number: No problem. Come to the blue tent and we will give you another one.
Notice: 'Go Runs reserve the right to deny or cancel a registration when deemed necessary.
Team CARA 'Go Run
Raise funds as a Team CARA ‘Go Run charity runner at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Learn more HERE.
Questions / Contact
Whether you are a lifelong runner or new to the sport, CARA is here to support you! CARA Training Director Tim Bradley has created Beginning Running Plans to help new runners transition to this activity safely and with confidence.
Check out our free plans and tips for new runners here: