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The Race Against Gun Violence raises awareness and funds for more than 50 community organizations working for a more peaceful Chicago where all can thrive, free from the fear of gun violence. With Covid-19 increasing hardship in the very same communities contending with gun violence, RAGV is an opportunity choose hope, support the life-changing work of nonprofits and provide a platform for people who care about ending gun violence and get involved.

Run or walk anytime, anywhere the week of September 19-26

Sign Up to Run and Invite Others to Join

Friends, family and anyone who cares about ending gun violence in Chicago! There’s a race for every age and level! Learn how here!

Support Organizations Working to End Gun Violence

Raise funds for our Community Partners and Affiliates’ life-saving work through our peer-to-peer fundraising program. 100% of the contributions raised through the race go back to the community. Learn more here!

Become a Corporate Sponsor

A range of corporate sponsorships are available. Learn more here or email us.

Become A Community Affiliate

If you are a nonprofit organization in Chicago working to end gun violence, you may be eligible to join the race as a Community Affiliate and receive a number of benefits. Learn how to participate here.

Key Dates

6/17Virtual race registration opens
7/7Social media engagement campaign kicks off with training challenges, #ChooseHope, #WhyIRun, #RAGV2020
8/1Early Registration race packets go out so you can train with RAGV gear!
9/7Race packets go out in time for race week*
9/19–9/26RACE WEEK! Choose when and where you race and upload your results for a photo finish! Join us 9/26 for a live-stream celebration with DJ, live performances and more.
 *everyone registering after 9/7 will receive a race packet, but not guaranteed before race week

Chicago’s Race Against Gun Violence: Why We Run

We believe all of Chicagoland has a stake in ending gun violence and that by working together, we can build a Chicago where all can thrive, free from the fear of gun violence.

Central to the Race Against Gun Violence (RAGV) is the goal to build capacity, promote collaboration and choose hope. The RAGV is the rallying point to raise funds for and awareness about what is being done to end gun violence and build Chicago’s future. Especially during this time of Covid-19, RAGV provides a dynamic platform for runners to build a virtual community, “visit” neighborhoods across Chicago and connect directly with community organizations to learn about and support their work.

The very communities that contend with the highest levels of gun violence are also being hit hardest by Covid-19 and the people and organizations working on the frontlines need support more than ever. With all the challenges and uncertainty, we want to give Chicagoans something they can count on and positively engage in now. And with so many of us craving community and connection, RAGV provides a needed and special opportunity for people to train together, connect to community organizations and be part of building peace.

Follow us on social media at
#RAGV2020, #ChooseHope, #WhyIRun


100% of charitable contributions go directly to nonprofit organizations dedicated to ending gun violence.

Connect. Commit. Contribute. Change. Be Part of Building Peace.

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