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WHAT:
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. In 2020, more than 50 nonprofits joined RAGV, receiving a host of benefits including 10 complimentary registrations and 100% of donations.

WHEN: Race Day is set for Thursday, Sept. 23rd. Programming begins at 6:00PM with races to follow at 7:00PM. 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 throughout Chicago with community races to build momentum towards the culminating Race Day event on Sept. 23rd. Stay tuned for ways to connect and take part.

WHERE: On-site at Arvey Field (1501 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605) and virtual. RAGV returns to Grant Park after going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 2021.

VISION: 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.

GOALS: 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.

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.

FUNDRAISE: 100% of funds raised go directly to community organizations. 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.

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