Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

Photo of Karen Singer and Sherialyn Byrdsong
Karen Singer, President/CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore with Sherialyn Byrdsong

On Father’s Day each June, 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, there’s a place for you!

History of the Race

The Race Against Hate honors the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Basketball Coach, Vice President of Affairs at Aon Corporation, and Skokie resident who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1999 while walking in his neighborhood with two of his young children. On the same day, the shooter wounded six Orthodox Jews in Rogers Park. Over the subsequent weekend, he killed a Korean American graduate student in Indiana and wounded an African American minister in Decatur before taking his own life.

Because of Ricky’s lifelong love of sports and his compelling work with young people in the community, the Race Against Hate was launched by his family and friends in 2000 (and entrusted to  YWCA Evanston/North Shore in 2007) to honor Ricky’s legacy and bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all its forms.

The Race Supports Our Mission

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

Thanks for joining us for the 2018 Race Against Hate
2018 Results

2018 Race Against Hate

Thanks for a great Race!  Nearly 5,000 people braved the heat on Sunday, June 17 for the 19th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. We really appreciate your enthusiasm and support! Please join us next year for the 20th anniversary of the Race on Sunday, June 16, 201

Awards Questions

Awards were distributed on the field based on preliminary results — as a result, some people may not have received the award (and recognition!) they earned. If you should have received an award and didn’t, please contact us at (847) 864-8445.

Timing Questions

If you have reason to believe your time in the official results is incorrect, please email Race Director John Corrigan at jmcpartner@sbcglobal.net.

Become a Sponsor

Are you interested in sponsoring the 20th anniversary Race Against Hate on Sunday, June 16, 2019? Contact Race Director Trimmy Stamell.