YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

Sunday, June 15, 2014 starting at 7:30 am

Chip-timed 5K and 10K, Walk, Youth Mile

 

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Each year, 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 in it's 15th 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, and 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 Men's Basketball Coach who, while walking with his two young children in 1999 was murdered by a white supremacist. Because of Ricky's lifelong love of sports and compelling work with young people in the community, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was launched by his widow, family and friends to bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all of its forms.

Proceeds from the Race Against Hate are used to further the mission of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in particular our efforts in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention. With this funding, the 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.

 

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