Virtual Option FAQs

2021 VIRTUAL OPTION Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date and time of the race?
The virtual race option can be run at any time! 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 vritual run anywhere!

How many runners are expected at the race?
2,000 runners are expected on site. An unlimited number of runners can take park in our virtual option.  

Who can participate in the race?
We strive to provide an opportunity for participation to anyone who cares about ending 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

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 your 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

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 as 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?
Stay tuned for Race Toolkit

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 30, 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.  Later registrants will still receive a race packet, just not guaranteed delivery ahead of 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.

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:

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