Frequently Asked Questions

On-Site Race Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date and time of the race? 

Thursday, September 23rd at 6:00 pm (rain or shine)  

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!  

Tentative race day timeline (check website for updates, including early packet pick-up dates, closer to race day) 

5:00 PM  Onsite Registration and Packet Pick-Up Begins
6:00 PM  Tots for Peace Sprint
6:30 PM  Welcome, Acknowledgements and Musical Performances 
7:00 PM  8K Run Start and National Anthem
7:05 PM  5K Run Start
7:15 PM  2 Mile Walk Start
8:00 PM  Race Awards and Congratulatory Remarks
* Post-Race Party with DJ until 9:30 PM!

Why this time of year? 

Historically, the Race Against Gun Violence is held in June - coinciding with National Gun Violence Awareness Month.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race has been moved to the fall in an effort to bring our communities together in Grant Park.   

What is the location of the race? 

Grant Park, Arvey Field (1501 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605) | Corner of E Roosevelt Rd & S Columbus Dr.

How many runners are expected at the race?  

The 2021 goal is 2,500 on-site 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. 

What steps are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of participants?
The Race Against Gun Violence holds the safety of our staff, participants, volunteers, and attendees above all else. To ensure our event is as safe as possible, and you are comfortable both on and off the course, we’ll be implementing enhanced safety measures, and will provide a comprehensive list of measures to reference well in advance of event day. Our team continues to work in direct coordination with local public health authorities and EnMotive to meet or exceed all city guidance, rules, and regulations.

Will food and beverages be available at the race?  

Yes. There will be an assortment of snacks and beverages available at the post-race party as well as sponsor giveaways. Beer will be served in the Beer Garden to people ages 21+ following the race.

How do I get my race t-shirt and bib?  

Sunday September 19th - Fleet Feet South Loop
11:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, September 22 - Fleet Feet South Loop
3:30pm - 6:00pm


Participants can elect to hav/e their packets shipped directly to them for an additional $15, this optional packet mailing must be added to the registration by 8/30/21.


Race day packet pick-up at Arvey Field, Grant Park between 5:00-6:30 pm

What kind of volunteer jobs are there? 
Register to volunteer on our race site at:

  • Race registration / Packet Pick-up
  • Gear Check
  • Aid Station
  • Bike Marshal
  • Runner Refresh
  • Course Marshall
  • Kids Race
  • After Party

Does the race offer employee engagement opportunities?
Yes!  We can provide purpose-driven experience during a time of social distancing by using RAGV as a catalyst for civic engagement by connecting runners, businesses and the nonprofit community through our corporate team program! Contact us to learn more:


Will event merchandise be available? 

Yes, Strides For Peace  merchandise will be for sale on site at the Merchandise Tent. 

Can I bring my dog to this race? 

You can bring your dog but they are discouraged because of the large number of people. If you do bring your dog, it must be on a leash at all times. 

Will there be an aid/water station on the course? 

Yes, aid/water stations will be stationed throughout the course. 

Will there be awards for this event?

Yes. Awards based on age groups and gender will be handed out at the post race celebration. 

What happens if the race has to be cancelled for whatever reason? 
All registrants should understant that registrations are nonrefundable.  If you are unable to participate in the event, your registration fee will go to Strides for Peace as a donation. In the event that the 2021 Race Against Gun Violence cannot be held in Grant Park on September 23rd, all onsite registrations will be converted to the virtual race format in which registrants can participate at time and place of their choosing. EnMotive will mail race packets to registrants at the address provided during registration at a to be determined date(s).

Virtual Race Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date and time of the virtual race?

The virtual race option can be run at any time! Although we encourage you to run on Sept. 23, you can find a time and day that works best for you and complete your distance.

What is the location of the race?

You can complete your virtual run anywhere!

Can I participate if I live in another state!

Yes!  The beautiful thing about a virtual race is that anyone can participate, no matter where you live or where you walk/run!  If you live outside of the United States, please contact us at to find out if we can ship a race packet to you before you register.

What are the race registration options and fees?

8k, 5k, 2 mile walk:  $35

Tots for Peace Sprint – Ages 2-10:  $12

Virtual Fundraiser –  Free

How do I get my race t-shirt and bib?

We will mail your race packet to the address you provide at registration.  The first packet mailing date is June 28, so you can train in your Strides gear and join our virtual community online.  The second packet mailing date is August 18. Our third packet mailing date is September 7, so register by then to guarantee you will have your race packet in hand by the time of coinciding Race Day on September 23.  Late registrants will still receive a race packet, just not with guaranteed delivery ahead of Race Day. The final packet mailing date is September 27.

Still need info?

For registration-related questions, contact

For race-related questions, contact Strides for Peace at