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 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 charitable contributions go directly to nonprofit organizations dedicated to ending gun violence.

Sign Up To Run & Invite Others To Join

Friends, family and anyone who cares about ending gun violence in Chicago! There’s a race for every age and level!

Support Organizations Working To End Gun Violence

Raise funds for our Community Partners and Affiliates’ life-saving work through our peer-to- peer fundraising program. 100% of the contributions raised through the race go back to the community.

Corporate Sponsorship and Corporate Social Responsibility

RAGV offers a wide range of tailorable sponsorship opportunities along with a number of ways to engage employees in health and wellness activities, community service and charitable giving. Email to learn more:

Become A Community Affiliate

If you are a nonprofit organization in Chicago working to end gun violence, you may be eligible to join the race as a Community Affiliate and receive a number of benefits. Contact us for more information:

Individual Engagment

Here are ways YOU can get involved:

  • Register

    Go to to register for the USATF Certified 8k and 5k, 2-mile walk, Tots for Peace Sprint, or our Virtual Option to receive your RAGV race packet: tech race shirt, race bib, medal, and more!

  • Invite Others To Join

    Whether you create a running “team” or simply help spread the word, let others know you’re part of RAGV so you can train and race together. You can also be part of our refer a friend program where you receive $5 off for every friend you register!

  • Organize A Team

    It’s easy! When you register, follow the prompt Join a Team and select “create.” You name the team and then use the Invite a Team Member feature to ask friends and family to join. Having a team is a fun way to help you meet your training goals by sharing workouts on our virtual platform.

  • Fundraise

    With more than 50 charities participating YOU choose who you want to support in the Race Against Gun Violence. Your registration comes with an individual fundraising page to make it easy to activate and personalize.

  • Share Your Progress

    Whether you’re running #RAGV2021 or helping spread the word, please share your progress on social media so the community can cheer you on! If you’re running, definitely join our RAGV Runners Facebook Group for customized content and connection to your fellow runners.

  • Follow Us!

    Be on the lookout for our Fitness Challenges at #RAGV2021, community organization spotlights at #ChooseHope and personal stories at #WhyIRun to connect, commit, contribute change — and be part of building peace!

  • Social Media

    We've created this SOCIAL MEDIA KIT for you. Whether you choose to share your race progress, complete a fitness challenge, or re-share community partner stories and videos, it truly boosts our signal and makes a difference!