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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 to choose hope, support the life-changing work of nonprofits and provide a platform for people who care to get involved.

We may not be able to gather in Grant Park this year, but Chicago’s Race Against Gun Violence is still on — like never before. As always, there’s a race for every age and level of fitness, and everyone who registers will receive an enhanced race packet. 100% of donations go directly to the nonprofit you choose — now!

We’re excited to introduce our new #ChooseHope, #WhyIRun and #RAGV2020 Fitness Challenge campaigns — to bring community organizations to you, lift the voices most impacted by gun violence and be part of a collective working for a Chicago where all can thrive.

Explore our new Interactive Map to “meet” the community organizations RAGV supports. Check out the videos below to get to know Chicago’s other essential workers — our community first responders.

Every week leading up to race week (9/19-26), we’ll be featuring new places, people and fitness challenges so follow us on social media and check back weekly to get inspired by how we’re building peace in Chicago.


This mini-film series transports viewers to communities on the frontlines of the crisis, providing a window into what is happening on the ground NOW and introducing the hidden heroes who through their actions, choose hope, no matter the odds.


RAGV has always been a metaphor for what drives and inspires people in the fight against gun violence, and this campaign gives voice to those most impacted: parents, physicians, teachers, community leaders and youth. 

Follow #WhyIRun and please share your story – we’d love to hear from you.


FITNESS CHALLENGE: Need a little motivation to train for the race? Chicago’s community organizations are making it fun with weekly fitness challenges to keep you on your toes while providing a window into what they do!

Follow #RAGV2020 and join the Race Against Gun Violence Facebook Group to be sure not to miss one!

Get Involved

Social distancing means we have to stay apart, but we’ve created new ways to connect, commit, contribute and change — and be part of building peace in Chicago.

We believe we all have a stake in ending gun violence, that there is a wellspring of goodwill, and a desire to help.

We’re committed to doing everything we can to harness that energy to build support for community organizations throughout Chicago. Will you join us?

Connect. Commit. Contribute. Change.

Be Part of Building Peace.

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