Event Info
  • 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.


    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.


    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. Check out our fundraising platform HERE


    All race participants (on-site and virtual) will receive a race packet, including the 2020 tech race shirt, medal, and individualized bib.  Additional Strides For Peace merchandise are available for purchase during the registration process. 

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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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]


Race Against Gun Violence volunteers work hand in hand with Strides For Peace employees, board members, and other race day operations staff to ensure a safe and fun time for all participants. You will have the option to choose your own shift time, as well as which area you would like to be involved in as a part of the race. Encourage friends, family, and coworkers to join you!

Individual Engagment

Here are ways YOU can get involved:

  • Register

    Go to stridesforpeace.org 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!

The Race Against Gun Violence is the culminating event of months of community outreach. Our nonprofit partners can use the race to fundraise, engage staff and volunteers, and build awareness about their programs. All participating nonprofits receive training on fundraising and marketing how to make the most of the race and are offered a host of benefits to foster collaboration and build capacity: inclusion in online registration/fund- raising platform, 100% of donations, 10 free race registration onsite booth, inclusion in digital and printed materials, as well as interactive map and films.

The nonprofit organizations included on this map are the charity beneficiaries of the 2020 Race Against Gun Violence.

We encourage you to check out our INTERACTIVE MAP to hear directly our nonprofit partners and learn more about their impactful work.

New videos by 2021 charities coming soon!


The 8th Annual Race Against Gun Violence offers a full range of interactive, digital marketing benefits as well as a one-of-a kind experience for civic and employee engagement. The 2020 Virtual Race Against Gun Violence brought together a diverse group of active and passionate individuals representing 362 zip codes and 30 states, and more than 100 civic, corporate, and nonprofit partners who share the goal of saving lives and building a safer Chicago. The race also includes a number of turnkey corporate social responsibility opportunities to engage employees in health and wellness activities, community service and charitable giving.

We welcome the opportunity to explore how the race aligns with your organization’s employee engagement and marketing goals.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ethan Armstrong, Race Director, at [email protected].

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Host Committee

Roseanna Ander, University of Chicago Crime Lab
Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff
Arne Duncan, Chicago CRED
Hon. Richard Durbin,
United States Senate
Michael Fassnacht, World Business Chicago
Hon. Kimberly Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney Office
Deborah Gorman-Smith, UChicago SSA and Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention
Jack Lavin, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Hon. Lori Lightfoot, City of Chicago 
Jonathan McCormick,
Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO
Tareef Michael, 
WuTang Foundation

Race Committee

Ethan Armstrong, Strides For Peace Race Director
Maggie Baczkowski, Strides for Peace Founder and Board Chair
Christina Beckman, Expedia
Tim Brazel, Life Time
Molly Curley, Teacher, Strides for Peace Board Member
Lauren Cvengros, LBH Consultants
Kim Duhon, Running Enthusiast
Jared Gamm, Hiscox Insurance
Lindsay Guhl, MB Luxury Real Estate
Adum Gross, LinkedIn
Ladell Johnson, Community Organizer
Brandon Nemec, Government Relations Consultant
Emalee Pearson, Mission Measurement
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


Here you will find resources to help your organization make the most of the Race Against Gun Violence as a platform to advance your mission.

If you have questions about any of the documents below or would like to learn about group registration options, please contact [email protected]