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 2022 race is over but there’s still time to donate to these amazing charities.

Be Part of Building Peace.

Race Expansion Coming Soon...

Over the next three to five years, we plan to take our Chicago race model into six cities, DC, LA, New York, Detroit, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. We estimate that it will take $65,000 to host each city.

In the last 6 years of the Race Against Gun Violence, community organizations have fundraised over $600,000 utilizing the race platform.

SFP Race Expansion
  • VISION

    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.

  • GOALS

    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.

  • WHEN

    RAGV 2024 to be announced. 

  • WHERE

    RAGV 2024 to be announced. 

  • 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!

  • FUNDRAISE

    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.

2023 - 2024 Sponsorship Opportunities!

Click here to learn more about the corporate race sponsorship benefits and employee engagement opportunities!

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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.

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2023 Race Against Gun Violence By The Numbers...

895 … Registered runners and walkers representing 161 different zip codes.

$107,499.65 … Raised. $85,590 (donations only), $21,909.65 (registrations)

106 … Participating nonprofits. Our COMMUNITY PARTNERS and AFFILIATES serve various communities and employ a range of strategies, but all share the common goal of ending gun violence.

$33,154.24 … Highest amount raised!

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.

81 … The number of teams that have participated.

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

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

923 … Donors, generously donated to help out this great cause.

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