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Nearly 5,000 Turn Out for Race Against Hate

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June 20, 2018 – EVANSTON, IL – YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s 19th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, held June 17, drew nearly 5,000 runners and walkers, and 300 volunteers.

Karen Singer, president and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore, said these numbers reflect how many people care about ending racism and violence.

“For 19 years, the Race Against Hate has brought thousands together to demonstrate that we are united in our commitment to end racism, hate, and intolerance throughout all of our communities,” said Singer at the event. “The presence of so many people sends a powerful message.”

The Race Against Hate honors the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University men’s basketball coach, who was murdered in 1999 by a white supremacist. Proceeds from the event go directly toward YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s work to prevent violence and promote racial justice. Ricky Byrdsong’s widow, Sherialyn, also expressed gratitude to race participants.

“Nineteen years ago, we had no idea that with every passing year this race would become increasingly relevant, and that hate in all of its evil forms would be commonplace,” she said. “Your participation sends a message to the nation that love trumps hate every time.”

This year’s race also included on-site voter registration, and Singer encouraged attendees to deepen their involvement by voting.

“Today we ask you to register to vote, find your voice, and use your voice to shape the issues that will shape all of our lives,” she said.

Although the Race Against Hate drew thousands from Chicago, Evanston, and other North Shore communities, it also included participants from across Illinois and the United States.

To learn more about the Race Against Hate and YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s violence prevention and racial justice work, go to www.ywca.org/evanston.



The top overall male finisher in the 5K was GEDION YITREF, who finished with a time of 15:38. STEFFEN UHRICH was second in 16:02, and ARTURS BAREIKIS was third in 16:17. The top three female finishers in the 5K were JANE BAREIKIS, 18:01, EMMA KEENAN, 18:19, and ERIKA EDMONSON, 18:44.


The top overall male finisher in the 10K was DANIEL CAMPBELL, 37:39. Second was KEVIN DOYLE, 38:38, followed by DANIEL DEROSA, 38.44. The top three female finishers in the 10K were VANESSA RIGHEIMER, 40:03, LISA BENNATAN, 41:11, and BRIDGET MONTGOMERY, 43:57.

Complete race results can be found at http://results.active.com/events/ricky-byrdsong-memorial-race-against-hate–9/

Other results of note:

  • Fastest team in the 5k and 10k: Evanston Running Club
  • Biggest 5k team: Federal Mogul
  • Biggest 10k team: Evanston Running Club
  • Biggest youth mile team: Chiaravalle Montessori School
  • Team that raised the most funds: St. Luke’s Winged Oxen
  • Individual who raised the most funds: Jane Trueheart Huels

The 20th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate will take place on June 16, 2019.