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We launched the Race Against Gun Violence to create a platform to support community organizations, focus on what we share in common and celebrate hope. Here’s what we accomplished together in 2019:

  • $118,000 in donations — 80% increase from 2018 total and almost 10 times what we raised just two years ago!! All donations directly benefit nonprofits who work every day to build a Chicago where all can thrive.
  • 1,862 registered runners and walkers —  21% increase over last year! Registrations help build a platform to bring people together and contributed to as many as 400 community registrations. Participation cam from all over the region including 110 teams, including 15 corporate teams.
  • 47 participating non-profits — with 27 hosting onsite booths. 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.
  • 200+ volunteers 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, AT&T Believe Chicago, and the White Sox volunteer corps!
  • 12 Civic Partners who lent their name, networks and expertise to help elevate the race and demonstrate how Chicago can come together and bring out the best in our city.
  • 3 incredible performances by artists who shared their gifts to inspire and move us towards a Chicago where all can thrive, free of the fear of gun violence.
  • 14 amazing Host and Race Committee members who were instrumental in planning and executing the race, as well as leveraging their networks to raise awareness.
  • 17 new and returning Sponsors who provided in-kind and financial support to make the race possible AND enjoyable. Thank you for your generous support!

Special thanks as well to Greg Zanis of Crosses for Losses, for building the wooden crosses and hearts, and to community organizations who helped install them and After School Matters for the beautiful benches. Thank you to the Negaunee Institute of Chicago Symphony OrchestraTakesha Mesha Kizart-Thomas , and Purpose Over Pain for facilitating the performance of Terrell’s Song, by Trevon Bosley and to Vic Mensa for their powerful performances before the race to remind us “why we run,” and to ASM alumnus Torin Brown for the beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. And thanks to Evn Stevn and F.A.B.L.E of Guitar Over Guns Haven Studio and DJ OCD for keeping us moving after the race; and of course, thanks to the White Sox’s Kids Club, Southpaw, Tommy Hawk and the IncrediBulls for leading the Tots for Peace Sprint. We couldn’t make Strides for Peace without you!

Details on the 2020 race coming this fall!

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.

Civic Partners

Roseanna Ander, University of Chicago Crime Lab
Phil Andrew
, Archdiocese of Chicago
Arne Duncan
, Chicago CRED
Kimberly Foxx
, Cook County State’s Attorney Office
Deborah Gorman-Smith
, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police Department
Jack Lavin, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Jonathan McCormick
, Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO
Tareef Michael
, WuTang Foundation
Dr. Lonnie Nasatir, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Andrea Zopp
, World Business Chicago

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 Curley, Teacher, Strides for Peace Board Member
Lauren Cvengros, LBH Consultants
Olivia Daniels, LBH Consultants
Kim Duhon, Running Enthusiast
Jared Gamm, Hiscox Insurance
Lindsay Guhl, MB Luxury

Brandon Nemec, Chicago Police Department
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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