Please join us for the 20th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate!

Date: Sunday, June 16, starting at 7:30 am
Start/Finish: Floyd Long Field, Evanston

5K/10K Runs, Walk, Youth Mile/Half Mile

We are excited to celebrate 20 years running in 2019! This annual 5/10K run, walk, and youth mile, held every Father's Day, is a staple of our community and a family-friendly way to take a stand against racism and hate. Competitive at the front and relaxed and celebratory at the back, it's a feel good event you don't want to miss - please join us!

Why do we race against hate?

We race in remembrance of Ricky Byrdsong, killed in a hate crime in 1999. We race because we're at a crucial point as a nation, and we believe that fighting hate and racism is more important than ever. It starts with recognizing our country’s long history with racism and its impact on our systems, structures, and institutions. If we want a just, peaceful society, it is our mutual responsibility to address racism.

What are proceeds used for?

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.

Who was Ricky Byrdsong?

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.)


CARA circuit logo 2019

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.