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.

This year, the 8th Annual Race Against Gun Violence returns to Grant Park on September 23 after going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual option will still be available to those who are unable or prefer not to attend in person.

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.

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 city where all can thrive, free from the fear of gun violence.


    Central to RAGV is the goal to build capacity, promote collaboration and celebrate hope. More than a single event, 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. It is an opportunity to change the narrative about Chicago, call concerned citizens to action and bring out the best in our city.

  • RACE

    There is a family friendly race for every age and fitness level for both Grant Park and the virtual race format. The 8k and 5k runs are USATF-Certified, along a beautiful lakefront course. There is also a 2 mile-walk and a Tots for Peace Sprint for children 2-10 years old.

  • WHEN

    Thursday, Sept. 23rd. Programming begins at 6:00PM with races to follow at 7:00PM. Additionally, RAGV will have a community launch in early June as a part of Gun Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the summer, RAGV will showcase the incredible work being done to change and save lives in Chicago by highlighting community events as we build momentum towards Race Day on Sept. 23rd.


    On-site at Arvey Field (1501 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605), Corner of E Roosevelt Rd & S Columbus Dr. Following the overwhelming success of 2020’s virtual race, 2021 will include a virtual option for those not able to attend in person. For those choosing RAGV’s virtual option, runners/walkers are encouraged to chart a route at their convenience and location of their comfort level any time from the launch in June to the end of September.


    Everyone — participating nonprofits, runners, walkers and volunteers — are encouraged to use RAGV as a platform to support building peace in Chicago. RAGV provides a catalyst for organizations and individuals to connect directly to communities and get involved in a wide array of options. We’ve built a platform that is completely customizable and want all our participants to take part in whatever way works best for them. 100% of donations go directly to participating charities. Check out our fundraising platform HERE


    All race participants (on-site and virtual) will receive a race packet, including the 2021 tech race shirt, medal, and individualized bib.  Additional Strides For Peace merchandise are available for purchase during the registration process. 

Race Packet Strides Site Graphic
June 2021Community Kickoff with National Gun Violence Awareness Month, #ChooseHope #WhyIRun #RAGV2021
June 28Virtual Packet Mailing!
August 16Packet mailing #2
September 7Packet mailing #3
September 23RACE DAY! Join us on-site at Arvey Field in Grant Park for the 8th Annual RAGV. Programming begins at 6:00PM, races at 7:00PM, and After Party to follow
September 27FInal fulfillment
June 13Mundelein Race Against Gun Violence (Peace Walk)
July 17One West Side Peace Walk
August 7Washington Park Peace Walk
August 27The Kindness Campaign with Notes for Peace

Check back for more community peace walks coming soon!

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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.

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