Race Day Details



6:15 am     Race Day registration opens
7:00 am Warm-up led by AthletiCo Physical Therapy
7:30 am 10K RUN START
7:50 am 5K START (walkers line up behind runners)
8:35 am Family friendly stretch led by Redefined Fitness
8:45 am Karen Singer, YWCA Evanston/North Shore CEO and Sherialyn Byrdsong
9:00 am YOUTH MILE START (ages 8-13)
9:15 am YOUTH 1/2 MILE START (ages 7 & under)
9:30 am Line Dance Divas

* Program subject to change

Can I register on Race Day?

Yes, Race Day registration begins at 6:15 am at Floyd Long Field, at the corner of Lincoln St. and Sheridan Avenue in Evanston. Race Day registration fees are $47 for the 5K/10K run and walk, and $15 for the Youth Mile/Half Mile.

What are race start times?

  • 7:30 am - 10K Run starts
  • After 10K Run starts, 5K runners may begin lining up. 5K walkers should line up behind 5K runners
  • 7:50 am - 5K Run/Walk starts   
  • 9:00 am - Youth Mile starts, ages 8-13
  • 9:15 am - Youth 1/2 Mile starts, ages 2-7    

What are the course routes?

The Race starts and ends at Long Field on the campus of Northwestern University, at the corner of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street in Evanston. Route subject to change. Course maps are below:

Can you join your child for the Youth Mile?

Adults are free to accompany their children for the Youth 1/2 Mile and Mile at no cost. To receive full benefits including the adult t-shirt and give-away bag, please register for one of the events open to adults (5K run or walk, 10K run).  

Can you run with a stroller?

No, but you may walk the 5K with a stroller and strollers are allowed in the Youth Mile and 1/2 Mile.  

Can a handicap scooter be used in the walk?

Yes, as long as you line up behind runners and fast walkers at the start line and you stay in the designated area for walkers.  

Can you run with a dog?

No. For the safety of both runners and pets, dogs are not permitted on the race course or on the field.

Can you run with headphones?

The use of headphones is strongly discouraged on road races, both for your safety and the safety and consideration of other participants. With headphones on, you may not be able to hear vital instructions and are not as aware of runners around you.

How do you get to Long Field?

From downtown Chicago: Take Lake Shore Drive North to Sheridan Rd. Follow Sheridan Rd. to Evanston. Stay on Sheridan until you reach Lincoln Ave. From the North/South/West: Take Interstate 94 to Dempster St. East. Follow Dempster east to Chicago Ave. Go left on Chicago Ave. This turns into Sheridan Rd. Stay on this to Lincoln Ave. CTA: Red Line to Howard Street station. Transfer to Purple Line to Central Street Station. Walk 6 blocks east on central St. to Sheridan Road/lakefront and go south two blocks to Lincoln St.  

Where can you park?

Street parking is available on the residential streets surrounding the field if you arrive early. Parking is also available in the Northwestern University parking lots east of Sheridan Road on Lincoln and in the Lakeside Parking structure east of the main campus entrance at the turn in Sheridan Road.

Is the Course USATF certified?

Yes, both the 5K and 10K courses are USATF certified.

The 5K course runs out-and-back along Evanston's lakefront between Lincoln/Sheridan and Greenwood/Sheridan. It is a flat and fast race course! The 10K course is an out and back run that follows the 5K, but continues south before heading north along the lakefront through Northwestern University campus, then turning south on Sheridan before looping back to finish at the start/finish line. The Youth Mile is an out-and-back course along the same route with a turnaround point at Library Place and Sheridan Road. Course maps are available at packet pick-up and in the volunteer/information tent on Race Day.  

10K USATF #: 160Z3WR
5K USATF#: 13066-JW

Is the race a CARA certified race?

Yes. The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

Are there mile markers?

All miles are marked. Digital display clocks are located at every mile and at the Finish Line.  

Is chip timing used?

Yes, the race will be timed by Championchip timing. Only runners are timed by chips. Walkers who want chip timing should sign up as runners and then just walk the course. If you come to pre-race packet pick up, REMEMBER to bring the chip along with your number (do not remove chip from number) to the race with you.  

Are there awards or prize money?

Yes, for both the 5K and the 10K:

  • 1st place male and female receive $200 cash
  • 2nd place male and female receive $100
  • 3rd place male and female receive $50
  • 1st place masters (over 40 years old) male and female receive $100  
  • 1st place seniors (age 70 and over) male and female receive $100

In addition:

  • Top 3 males and females in 13 age groups (5 year age increments starting at under 14 and ending at over 70) will receive awards.

For the Youth Mile and !/2 Mile:

  • The top three fastest boys and the top three fastest girls in Mile and 1/2 Mile will receive awards.
  • All youth milers receive participation ribbons.

How will you know if you won an award?

Results will be posted as soon as they are available at the Chicago Athlete tent on the southwest corner of Long Field. Awards for the following will be presented from the stage: overall top three men and women in both 5K and 10K events:

  • 1st place male and female masters in both 5K and 10K events
  • Top 3 fastest girls and boys in Youth Mile
  • All team awards top fund raiser and top fund raising team

All other awards may be picked up from the Awards tent on the southeast corner of Long Field. Athletes who do not pick up their awards on Race Day will be contacted about how to pick up their award at the YWCA.  

Will results be posted online?

Yes, results will be posted at www.chicagoaa.com and on our website, www.ywca.org/evanston by Monday following the Race.  

Is there a team competition?

Yes, teams should register as a team online, regardless of whether or not they choose to fund raise for the YWCA. The team/awards tent will be located on the southeast corner of Long Field. Find more complete details about teams here.  

Is there gear check?

Yes, there is a secure gear check area on the northwest end of Long Field.

What are the proceeds from the Race used for?

All proceeds benefit the YWCA Evanston/North Shore's programming, especially in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention.  

What are we doing to lessen the impact of the Race on the environment?

We are working on ways to reduce the impact of the Race on the environment by:

  • Using biodegradable wax-coated paper cups at water stations instead of water bottles

Providing on-site opportunities for recycling

Refund Policy

Unfortunately, we do not issue refunds under any circumstances. Transferring registrations  have to be submitted within seven days of the event notice. If for some reason you can’t make it to race day, at least come to the packet pickup, pick up your Race Against Hate Gear gear, and say hi to us! 

Severe Weather Policy

Participant safety is our  first priority. We reserve the right to cancel any event that may be deemed as "dangerous" to participants. These scenarios include, but may not be limited to: strong winds, thunder, lightning, heavy precipitation and natural disasters.

The start of the event may be delayed up to one hour from the posted start time if any of the above conditions exist. Event cancelation is at the discretion of the Event Directors. No refunds can be provided, since funds were already spent in preperation race. Rest assured, that your registration fee is a valuable donation to YWCA Evanston/North Shore and will go to support our Racial Justice and Domestic Violence Programs and services.

If Event is canceled more than 24 hours prior to start time, we will notify all participants via social media or email.