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Natural Awakenings Chicago

Run and Walk Against Hate in Evanston

May 25, 2012 08:50AM

The 13th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate will be held June 17, at Long Field, in Evanston. A 10K race begins at 7:30 a.m., a 5K walk/run will start shortly thereafter and the youth mile kicks off at 9 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. Participants can register on race day beginning at 6:15 a.m. for a $39 fee; registration for youth is $15 at the race.

The race will honor the late Northwestern University basketball coach who was killed in his Skokie neighborhood while walking with his young children in June 1999. Proceeds from the race will be used to support the work of the YWCA in areas of anti-violence programs for youth, teen dating violence prevention and ongoing racial justice dialogues.

Karen Singer, executive director at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, says, “We are honored that so many people come back to support the race and all that it stands for every year. It says a lot about the strength of our community.”

Preregistration is ongoing. For more information or to register, call 847-864-8445 or visit