About the Race Against Gun Violence

The Race Against Gun Violence (RAGV) celebrates the life-changing work of community organizations and provides a dynamic platform for people who care about ending gun violence to connect and get involved.

Each year, RAGV offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to Choose Hope and join others who share the common vision of a Chicago free from the fear of gun violence. 100% of donations go directly to participating charities. The 2021 race is over but there’s still time to donate to these amazing charities.

Be Part of Building Peace.


    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.


    RAGV is the rallying point to raise funds for and awareness about what is being done to end gun violence and provide an opportunity for everyone to get involved. More than a single event, the Race Against Gun Violence (RAGV) is a dynamic platform to support and celebrate community organizations working to build peace and bring out the best of our city. The 2021 race was dedicated to our “Community First Responders” frontline workers and grassroots leaders who work tirelessly to provide a bridge to hope, healing and possibility while we work towards change.


    The communities contending with the highest levels of gun violence also experience the highest rates of Covid-19. With infection rates trending up, concerns around the new variants, the reopening of schools, and the fact that many of our attendees live and serve in communities with the lowest vaccination rates, it was imperative to put safety first.

  • WHEN

    The 2021 Race Platform is now closed, but we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to learn about our other events and be the first to hear about plans for RAGV 2022!


     We look forward to returning to Grant Park in 2022!

  • WHAT

    RAGV offers a one-of kind opportunity to connect, commit, contribute and be part of positive CHANGE. Get to know our 60+ community partners/charities through our Interactive Map and join of a community of people working to bring out the best of our city. RAGV’s Choose Hope, Why I Run and Let’s Talk About Peace series offer meaningful ways to connect and get involved!!

  • RACE

    We offer a race for every age and fitness level, including an 8k or 5k run, a 2-mile walk, and a Tots for Peace Sprint for the kids!


    Participating charities and registrants are encouraged to use the Race Against Gun Violence's online platform to raise funds for their organization, receiving 100% of donations every two weeks.

Race Packet Strides Site Graphic
6/13Mundelein Race Against Gun Violence (Peace Walk)
7/17One West Side Peace Walk
8/7Washington Park Peace Walk
8/27The Kindness Campaign with Notes for Peace
9/23Chicago Adventure Therapy, New Community Outreach
9/25Peace Mobile Pop-Up , Paving the Way, SHE, New Life Centers
10/16CPD-Youth 5K
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Meet the people and the places who step up and step out to provide a bridge to hope, healing and possibility. Learn how you can get involved and bring out the best in our city.

2020 Race Against Gun Violence By The Numbers...

1792 … Registered runners and walkers representing 362 different zip codes and 30 states.

$150,000 … Raised, a 25% increase from 2019 with 43% of donations coming from outside of Chicago.

57 … Participating nonprofits, a 14% increase from 2019. Our COMMUNITY PARTNERS and AFFILIATES serve a variety of communities and employ a range of strategies, but all share the common goal of ending gun violence.

$11,000 … Worth of race registrations provided to community organizations to ensure youth, community members and staff can participate at no cost.

12 … CIVIC PARTNERS and HOST COMMITTEE MEMBERS who lent their name, networks and expertise to help elevate the race and demonstrate how Chicago can come together to solve a common problem.

17 … SPONSORS, providing in-kind and financial support to make it possible to offer workshops and benefits to our nonprofit participants.

122 … Community, corporate, health care, and civic organizations participated.

17 … WHY I RUN films produced to give voice to a wide spectrum of the impacts of gun violence on people and our society, a testament to why we must strive for a Chicago where all can thrive, free from the fear of gun violence.

11 … CHOOSE HOPE films produced to transport viewers to the frontlines of communities facing the greatest challenges 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. 

98 … The percentage of 2020 participants who plan to take part in the 2021 Race Against Gun Violence.