registration details:

(FAQ's about the Race itself and Race Day Details can be found on the "Race Day" page)

  1. How much is the registration fee?
  2. Do I have to register online?
  3. What ages can youth milers be?
  4. Can I join my child for the Youth Mile?
  5. What's the difference between signing up to run or to walk?
  6. How do I register for the 2014 Race Against Hate online?
  7. What is unique about this website?
  8. Is my information secure?
  9. Is there any incentive for raising funds through my participation in the Race? 
  10. Can friends and family make a donation to a Participant by going through the main website?
  11. How does the YWCA Evanston/North Shore utilize the contributions?
  12. Why is the "Sponsor Participant" search not finding the Participant that I know has registered?
  13. How can I see who has donated to me?
  14. I forgot my Username and/or Password. How can I find out what they are?
  15. Do you have any training tips for new runners?

1. How much is the registration fee?

Online (only) through May 1: $32 (includes all processing fees)
May 2 - June 15: $35 (includes all processing fees)
Race Day: $39
Youth Mile (age 2-13): $10 until Race Day, $15 on Race Day
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2. Do I have to register online?

Paper registration forms will be available in May. All paper registration forms must be received at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore by June 7th. If you want to use a paper form after June 7th, we ask that you plan on registering at a packet pick-up or on Race Day.
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3. What ages can youth milers be?

Any age through age 13. High school students do not qualify as youth. The Youth Mile will be divided into two age groups: 2-8 and 9-13.
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4. Can I join my child for the Youth Mile?

Adults may not register at the $10 youth registration price, but are free to accompany their children for the Youth 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).
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5. What's the difference between signing up to run or to walk?

All participants who register as runners are chip-timed, and their official times appear in the results which will be posted on the field and on our website after the Race. If you intend to walk, don't care about getting an official time or are signing up for the Race because of the benefits (t-shirt and give-away bag), please sign up for the 5K walk.
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6. How do I register for the 2014 Race Against Hate online?

Go to the "register here" button and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt. Online registration will close at 5 pm on Tuesday, June 10. Once online registration has closed, you must register in person at packet pick-up or on Race Day starting at 6:15 am. 
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7. What is unique about this website?

This website is unique because it offers the capability for individuals to not only register for the Race but also to collect donations from their friends and family, if they choose to do so. The Race participant can track the progress of their donation collections by viewing secure online reports.
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8. Is my information secure?

Yes, every effort has been made to protect your information. The YWCA uses Blackbaud, a software platform designed for non-profit organizations. Blackbaud uses industry-standard SSl encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. Blackbaud has also installed an encryption engine on their database server so that your data is securely stored.
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9. Is there any incentive for raising funds through my participation in the Race?

Yes! In addition to knowing that you are raising funds for critical community services provided by the YWCA, anyone who raises $150 over and above the registration fee will receive a $25 discount code that can be used toward any item in our Race Store. Raise $250 and earn another $25 discount code! For more information about fundraising, click here. 
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10. Can friends and family make a donation on my behalf by going through the main website?

Yes. On the Race Against Hate home page, friends and family can click on the "Sponsor Participant" button. By entering your name, they will be directed to your personal donation page.
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11. How does the YWCA Evanston/North Shore utilize the contributions?

Proceeds from the Race Against Hate are used to further the mission of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in particular our efforts to combat racism and violence in all of its forms. As part of this effort, the YWCA Building Healthy Relationships programming in schools helps foster healthy violence-free relationships among our youth. Our Racial Justice Dialogues encourage individuals to deepen their understanding of race and racism on a personal, interpersonal and institutional level through facilitated and constructive dialogue, internal reflection interactive activities and meaningful action. return to top

12. Why is the "Sponsor Participant" search not finding the Participant that I know has registered?

You must type in the first name or last name of the participant exactly how it is spelled. It is not case sensitive. If you have a problem locating a participant that you are sure is registered, please contact Trimmy Stamell at tstamell@ywcae-ns.org.
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13. How can I see who has donated on my behalf?

Go to the Log-in section on the site. Use the username and password that you received when you registered for the event. You can then view your donor list and the amounts that have been donated.
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14. I forgot my Username and/or Password. How can I find out what they are?

Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive an email with your username and password. If you still have problems, please contact Trimmy Stamell at tstamell@ywcae-ns.org.
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15. Do you have any helpful training tips for new runners?

Yes, courtesy of Chicago Athletic Clubs, one of our Race sponsors, come these tips from Joseph Jindra, ultra-marathoner, Evanston Athletic Club Personal Trainer and USA Track and Field coach:

1. Set your goal: If it’s your first race, just crossing the finish line could be your goal. Set a realistic goal whether it is; just to finish, run the whole way, or set a new Personal Record (PR). Having something to work towards will keep you focused while training.

2. Find the right shoe for you: What works for your friend, may not work for you when it comes to foot wear. We are all unique individuals, feet included. So, getting in the proper shoe early in your training can save you a lot of pain and set-backs. Avoid larger sporting goods stores and go to a running specialty store. They have knowledgeable staff with more experience working with runners, who are usually runners themselves.

3. Train to your goal: Be honest with yourself. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself while in training. This can be prevented by never increasing your total weekly mileage by more than 10%. Also, mix up your training. Speed training, cross-training (resistance), and hill repeats are variables that you can add to your training program to break up the day-to-day mileage.

4. Be flexible with your plan: Plan your runs around your schedule. If you know Saturdays are a hard day to get a run in, do not schedule your runs on Saturdays. Make that your rest day. Being consistent with your running schedule is best. But, set-backs do happen. Work, weather, and life can all get in the way of your training. Some days you may not have time for the total workout. Remember that it is ok to be flexible with your training, but stay focused on your goal. Doing something is better than doing nothing, even if it’s a portion of the training for that day.

5. Have fun: Enjoy your experience and smile! Take in the cheers, the sights and the energy. No matter what the clock reads, just crossing the finish line is a victory for everyone. return to top

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