Thank for joining us for the Race!
Thanks for a great Race! Nearly 4,500 people braved the cool foggy weather on Sunday, June 16 for the 20th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. We really appreciate your enthusiasm and support!
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.
If you have reason to believe your time in the official results is incorrect, please email Race Director John Corrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)
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.