COD Alumnus and Peace Runners 773 Brings a Movement of Movement to Chicago’s West Side


The up-and-coming group is part of a groundswell of new running crews across the city—and has 11 members running Sunday’s Chicago Marathon.

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(College of DuPage alumnus) Jackie Hoffman knows this about running: The sport can bridge gaps.

The one he cares about most is the rift in life expectancy between his Chicago neighborhood and other parts of the city. Residents of West Garfield Park survive an average age of 69 years, city data shows. Meanwhile, those on the Near North Side or downtown’s Loop can expect to see 85.

A running group can’t immediately solve all the underlying causes, including long-term disinvestment and inequities in education and healthcare access.