Event FAQ


2018 Race Against Gun Violence Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date and time of the race?
Thursday, June 7th at 6:30 pm (rain or shine)

Why this time of year?
June is Gun Violence Awareness month and, in 2018, the race precedes Yo-Yo Ma’s Concert for Peace at St. Sabina. 

What is the location of the race?
Grant Park, Upper Hutchinson Field, 200 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605

How many runners are expected at the race?
The 2018 goal is 2,500 runners.

Who can participate in the race?
We strive to provide an opportunity for participation to anyone who cares about reducing gun violence in Chicago. Whether this is your very first race or your 50th, anyone who wants to be part of the Race Against Gun Violence and contribute to this collective effort can participate! There is a race for every age and level.  We also welcome virtual fundraisers and volunteers.

Each year, Strides for Peace expands its outreach to include a broader range of stakeholders including CPS, the Mayor’s Office, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, law enforcement, community nonprofits and youth. Strides for Peace and our Community Partners and Affiliates stand in solidarity with organizations across Chicago doing the valuable work of violence reduction. If you know of an association, organization or group that would be interested in mobilizing their network to join the Race Against Gun Violence, please contact info@stridesforpeace.org

Will food and beverages be available at the race? 
Yes. There will be an assortment of food and beverages available at the post-race party as well as sponsor giveaways. We will serve beer sponsored by Lagunitas Brewery after the race in the beer garden.

What are the race registration options and fees?
8k Certified Course – includes timing chip and race t-shirt
$35 through April 1st, 2018
$40 through May 31st, 2018
$45 through June 7th, 2018

5k Run Certified Course – includes timing chip and race t-shirt
$35 through April 1st, 2018
$40 through May 31st, 2018
$45 through June 7th, 2018

2 Mile Walk – includes race t-shirt
$35 through April 1st, 2018
$40 through May 31st, 2018
$45 through June 7th, 2018

Tots for Peace Sprint – Ages 2-10
$12 until registration closes

Virtual Runner – includes race t-shirt
$35 until registration closes

Virtual Fundraiser –  Free

What special registration benefits are offered to Community Partners and Affiliates?
All Community Partner and Affiliate organizations are encouraged to recruit participants to join the race - stakeholders such staff, board members, youth that you serve, other supporters.  In recognition of your recruitment efforts, Strides for Peace donates 10 free registration coupon codes ($350 value) to each organization to provide to staff, youth, or other supporters who many not be able to pay the race registration fee.  If an organization chooses not to use the coupon codes, but still registers 10 or more participants, it will be eligible to receive up to a $350 cash donation (in addition to all funds raised via peer-to-peer fundraising on the race platform).  

Where can Community Partners and Affiliates find resources and tools to make the most of the race?
See our Race Toolkit

How do I get my race t-shirt and bib?
  • Advance Packet Pick-Up Dates – highly recommended to avoid long lines on race day:
    • at Fleet Feet South Loop, 150 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago
      • Sunday, June 3: 11 am – 5 pm 
      • Wednesday, June 6:  4 – 8 pm 
  • Race day packet pick-up at Upper Hutchinson Field, Grant Park 5:00-6:30 pm
Do we need volunteers?

Yes!  Please ask your friends, family, and co-workers and register on our volunteer page.  There are multiple time slots available to accommodate different schedules!

Students 15 years and older can volunteer and receive Service Learning Hours. Service Learning paperwork will be available at the race.

What kind of volunteer jobs are there?
Race registration / Packet Pick-up  
Gear Check
Aid Station
Bike Marshal
Runner Refresh
Course Marshall
Kids Race
After Party

Register to volunteer 

What time do race participants need to arrive?
Depending on whether you need to pick up your packet, we advise you to arrive early to connect with friends and colleagues, visit with the community partner information booths and enjoy the beautiful venue!

Program:

  • 5:00pm  Onsite Registration and Packet Pick-Up Begins     
  • 6:30pm  Tots for Peace Sprint (Staley the Bear!)
  • 6:40pm  Welcome & acknowledgements
  • 6:50pm  Special performance by members of Civic Orchestra, Takesha Kizart, soprano, and Sarah Ponder,  mezzosoprano, of a song composed as part of the CSO's Negaunee Music Institute's  collaboration with St. Sabina parent survivor group, Purpose Over Pain.
  • 7:00pm  National Anthem and 8K Run Start 
  • 7:05pm  5K Run Start
  • 7:15pm  2 Mile Walk Start
  • 8:00pm  Live Performance by Marcus Alexander
  • 8:15pm  Race Awards, DJ OCD, Lagunitas and after party!
  • 9:30pm  Party Over! 

Can Community Partner and Affiliate organizations set up a promotional booth at the race?
Yes, Community Partners are eligible for a 10x10 booth space, 1 table and 2 chairs. It is highly encouraged to bring your own tent (including weights) and signage.

Affiliates may be eligible for a space, table and chairs depending on availability. Please contact anne@stridesforpeace.org for more information.

If you have been approved to have an on-site booth but cannot bring your own, tents, tables and chairs may be rented through RAM Racing.  Contact anne@stridesforpeace.org for information.

Can I distribute my organization’s literature at the event?
Literature may be distributed at your booth site.  This is a great opportunity to get the word out about your organization’s work, add people to your mailing list, identify new volunteers, etc. Make sure you have a staff member or volunteer present to interact with the public as well as a method to collect contact information so you can follow up after the race.

Note about political advocacy
Strides for Peace aims to do our part to help you make the most of the Race Against Gun Violence as a platform to advance your mission and come together with other sister organizations.  That said, while we encourage our partners and affiliates to engage with each other and the race attendees, we ask that no political advocacy occur on race day.   

Can my organization create and wear our own race t-shirts?
Absolutely!  We are happy to see our partners use this race to promote their organizations and work. Even if you choose to run in your own shirt, all registered racers receive a Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence t-shirt.

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