Thanks for joining us for the Race!

Thanks for a great Race!  5,200 people braved the sweltering heat on Sunday, June 17 for the 19th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. We really appreciate your support and enthusiasm!

Please join us next year for the 20th anniversary of the Race on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Awards Questions

Awards were distributed on the field based on preliminary results -- as a result, some people may not have received the award (and recognition!) they earned. If you should have received an award and didn't, please contact us at (847) 864-8445.

Timing Questions

If you have reason to believe your time in the official results is incorrect, please email Race Director John Corrigan at

Become a 2019 Sponsor

Are you interested in sponsoring the 20th anniversary Race Against Hate on Sunday, June 16, 2019? Contact Race Director Trimmy Stamell.  

The Race Against Hate honors the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Basketball Coach, Vice President of Affairs at Aon Corporation, and Skokie resident who was murdered by a white supremacist on July 2, 1999 while walking in his neighborhood with two of his young children. (Read more here.)

Proceeds from the Race Against Hate are used to further the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in particular our efforts in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention. With this funding, YWCA assists children in our schools and local youth organizations to challenge their own prejudices and foster healthy, violence-free relationships among their peers; supports teenagers in examining their own relationships and practicing constructive ways to handle conflict and differences; and encourages adults to engage in constructive dialogue, interactive activities and meaningful action as related to racial justice.

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This race is CARA Certified and has committed to following the CARA Best Practices Guidelines a high set of standards for quality, safe and operationally sound races.