Become a Member

We cordially invite you to join Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and become part of our family of more than 500 runners. Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) is the largest running club in the State of Michigan and membership includes exceptional benefits, the opportunity to make new friends, and support and encouragement for runners of all abilities. We offer quality training programs and events, group runs, race discounts, service provider and merchant discounts, and more throughout greater Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek.

Join now at our low annual membership rates:

*Membership runs one year from the date you join or one year from your current expiration date if you are an existing KAR member.  

Member Benefits

  • Access to Our High-Quality Training Programs(additional program fee applies)Beyond Half and Full Marathon Training Program (Kalamazoo) (January - April)
    • Beyond Half Marathon Training Program (Battle Creek) (April - June)
    • Fast Track 5k & 10k Training Program (Kalamazoo) (Summer)
    • Fast Track 5k & 10k Training Program (Battle Creek) (Spring, Fall)
    • Summer Safari Half and Full Marathon Training Program (with Gazelle Sports) (Kalamazoo) (June - October) * One-year KAR Membership is built into program pricing for Summer Safari
  • FREE Group Runs in greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
  • FREE Indoor Track Workouts at the WMU Read Fieldhouse select Tuesday & Sunday mornings (January - February)
  • FREE Children’s events (Bunny Hop Run, Kids’ Klassic)
  • FREE Run Around Gull Lake (First Saturday of the Month in November and December)
  • FREE Themed Member Reception Runs
  • FREE  Injury Assessments through Bronson Sports Medicine
  • Race Discounts
  • Service Provider and Merchant Discounts
  • The Rundown, our Informative E-Newsletter featuring event & member news, training tips and more
  • Automatic Membership in Road Runners Club of America
  • Automatic participation in the Club Championship Series and year-end celebration
  • Annual Runner Recognition Awards
  • Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities

Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) serves as an organizer, co-organizer or supporter of the following events:

  • One One Run
  • Winter Blast Half Marathon, 10k & 5k (with the City of Portage and Komen Michigan)
  • KAR Annual Banquet
  • Kal-Haven Trail Run (with Girls on the Run)
  • Children's Bunny Hop Run
  • Kalamazoo Marathon & Borgess Run for the Health of It
  • Girls on the Run 5k
  • Kalamazoo Klassic 5k & 10k & Kids' Klassic (with MRC Industries, Inc.)
  • Club Championship Series Party & Awards Ceremony
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Time Prediction Run 5k

Discover all Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) has to offer, and why we have grown to become a premier running club in Michigan. We are more than about running, we are about people.