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The Wider Community


The Itasca Runners Club is well connected with the wider running community. 

Follow these links to learn more.


Itasca Runners Club

The Itasca Runners Club was formed in 2005, bringing together local runners with varying abilities and with a common interest in running. The club has approximately 25 active members. We welcome new recruits or people visiting from out of town who just want to meet up with a friendly group to run with.



The Chicago Area Runners Association -- CARA --is dedicated to running advocacy in Chicago and the suburbs.  CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland, helping runners run better, farther, faster and with more fun by clearing paths to training, social, outreach, and advocacy programs, while promoting friendships and personal fulfillment.


Run Signup

RunSignup is the leading all-in-one platform for endurance and fundraising events. More than 17,000 races, supporting over 8,000 nonprofits, use RunSignup. The Itasca Oktoberfast 5K started using the RunSignup platform in 2020.

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Xtra Mile Running

Since opening our doors in 2018, Xtra Mile has never strayed from our mission of community involvement and unparalleled customer service. The Couch-to-5k and kids programs, group runs, RMDY Yoga, Run for the Roses, our medical partnerships, professional fitting & gait analysis - ALL of these are enabled by your support.

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