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Thank you for joining us at the 5th Annual Race Against Gun Violence!


When we kicked off the 2018 Race Against Gun Violence, we wanted to make it possible for everyone to take part. Here’s what we accomplished together:

  • 1550 registered runners and walkers — a 220% increase from last year! Your participation helps build a platform to bring people together and support organizations striving to stop gun violence.
  • Over $62,500 donations raised — a more than 500% increase!! All donations go directly to participating non-profits who work every day to build a better, safer Chicago where all can thrive.
  • 42 participating non-profits — a 200% increase! 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.
  • 95 teams, including 20 corporate teams, who joined us from all over the region.
  • 150+ volunteers, who donated their time and talent to make the race run smoothly. A special thanks to the Advocate Health Care Team for staffing and suppling the medical tent!
  • 14 amazing Race Committee members who were instrumental in planning and executing the race.
  • 16 new and returning Sponsors provided in-kind and financial support to make the race both possible and enjoyable.
  • Civic Partners who lent their name, networks and expertise to help elevate the race and demonstrate how Chicago can come together to solve a common problem.

We know numbers matter as a mark of progress and success, but we also know that they can’t measure everything. Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening not only a great race, but a meaningful reflection on the impact of gun violence and a celebration of those who are working to build peace.

Special thanks to the Negaunee Institute of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for facilitating the performance of Peace and Love, Coby, written by Diana Pierce, before the race kicked off; to Marcus Alexander and DJ OCD for keeping us moving before and after the race; and to Greg Zanis of Crosses for Losses, for building the wooden crosses and hearts installation at the race site. We are grateful for these special contributions as well as to everyone who took a moment to share their personal stories about why they run.

And did we mention the weather was great?!?

Again, thank you for being part of Strides for Peace — whether you ran, walked, sponsored, donated, cheered or shared — every stride counts when we work together for peace!

Strides for Peace launched the Race Against Gun Violence in 2014 to bring everyone–runners, business leaders, community organizations, law enforcement, and YOUTH–together to show the world that despite the headlines, Chicago can come together to solve the problem of gun violence and save lives.

The Race Against Gun Violence is the rallying point to raise funds and awareness about what is being done to reduce gun violence and build a stronger, safer Chicago. It is an evening to celebrate and support the life-changing work of our Community Partners and Affiliates.

2018 Sponsors
Strides for Peace Race Committee

Ethan Armstrong, Pat Tillman Foundation
Maggie Baczkowski, Strides for Peace Founder and Board Chair
Tim Brazel, Life Time Fitness
Molly Curly, Teacher, Strides for Peace Board Member
Lauren Cvengros, LBH Consultants
Kim Duhon, Running Enthusiast
Jared Gamm, Hiscox Insurance
Lindsay Guhl, MB Luxury

Brandon Nemec, Mayor’s Office, City of Chicago
Emalee Pearson, Center for Youth Violence Prevention
Anne Renna, Strides for Peace Partnerships Manager
Mary Stonor Saunders, Strides for Peace Executive Director
Abby Swidler, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care
Donna Thompson, Strides for Peace Board Member
Maura Welch, Deloitte

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