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Advice on furlough leave and job loss

Been furloughed or lost your job? What to do next

Many people in our city, both experienced workers and young people, are now facing employment challenges and uncertainty.


Being furloughed is an unknown situation for most and worrying about job security can be confusing enough without the added complications of Covid-19. The first step if you are put on furlough or at risk of losing your job is to find out what your rights are.


Knowing your rights can help you to solve problems more quickly and smoothly, enabling you to concentrate on getting back into employment again. This may be a good time to re-evaluate your work life and learn new skills to enable a career change. 

Find advice and guidance here:

When and where is packet pick-up?

Packet pick-up will be provided at locations throughout the city and suburbs. A packet mailing option will be available during registration. Fleet Feet Old Town: December 19, 2020 to January 9, 2021 (All Business Hours) Fleet Feet Elmhurst: December 19, 2020 to January 9, 2021 (All Business Hours)

Can my packet be mailed?

Yes, you may select packet mailing for a fee during registration. Or, after regristration, packet mailing can be added at

What training level is needed to participate?

CARA has a proven record of serving beginning runners, and long-time runners alike. Before starting our Novice Plan, we recommend that you can complete 3-4 runs per week, including at least one run of 4 miles at a pace of at least 13 minutes per mile. A 6-week pre-season training guide will be provided to assist in your preparations for the beginning of the training program.

What is the program's weather policy?

We will run/walk rain or shine. However, if there is lightning or other hazardous weather we will cancel or postpone. Our full weather policy and weather alerts are HERE.

Can I cancel my registration?

Participants may choose to voluntarily exit the program. Participants who exit the program by the date two weeks prior to the start date of the program, may receive a full credit of fees paid towards any single CARA program or event of any kind of equal or lesser value. Credit valid through the end of the following calendar year. To exit the program, e-mail No refunds will be issued for any reason, including injury.

Can I enter the program after the start date?

Yes, participants are welcomed to enter the program late. The deadline for registration is 4 weeks prior to the program's end date. Fees are not prorated for late entry.

Is there a CARA member discount?

Yes, a member discount is applicable to CARA Supporter Level members (Individual, Family or Student packages) with an active membership for the program year. Registrations without a member discount includes a CARA Friend Level membership. Learn more about CARA Supporter Level member benefits HERE.

How old do I need to be to participate?

Runners must be 18 years or older to participate in group training.

May I run with a pet at training runs?

No, participants may not run with pets at training runs.

May I run with a stroller at training runs?

No, participants may not run with strollers at training runs?

Are there discounts for charity runners?

Yes. Members of CARA's charity team receive free training through CARA when fundraising for the target race or other pre-approved race. CARA's charity team leader will provide a special discount code to team members. Learn more HERE. CARA partners with nearly 50 different local and national charities. Members of any charity team should contact their charity's team leader to see if their charity has partnered with CARA to receive free or discounted training program fees and if so, to receive instruction to register for free or discounted training rates. As part of our mission, CARA provides over $65,000 in subsidized training for charity team runners each year. A special discount code is needed for charity team discounts.