Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chip timed 5/10K runs USATF certified course
5K Walk
Youth Mile/Half Mile

On Father's Day each June, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate brings together thousands of people from all over Chicagoland to run and walk in unity against racial hatred and violence.

Whether you're a casual walker or a competitive runner, we have a place for you! Now entering it's 19th year, the Race features music, on-field refreshments and fun for the whole family. Add to that technical t-shirts, great give-away bags, awards, a fast, flat, scenic race course along Lake Michigan and a great cause, and you have a positive community event you won't want to miss.

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.

Please join us for the 19th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate!


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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.