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.

Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Grant Park

Be Part of Building Peace.

  • 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

    The 2022 RAGV will take place on Saturday, June 11th at 6pm

  • WHERE

     We are returning to Grant Park on Chicago's beautiful lakefront!

  • 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.

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NEW: Pre-Race Perks!

In April and May, Strides is partnering with Basecamp Fitness, Giving Hearts Yoga, and Wattage Gym to offer Pre-Race Perks. It's a great way to train and build community for this year's race!

Explore our
Community Map

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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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.

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