Evanston/North Shore

Thousands Turn Out for 18th Annual Race Against Hate


Ricky Byrdsong Jr. on the course at the June 18 Race Against Hate,
named in honor of his father.

June 23, 2017 - - EVANSTON, IL – YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s 18th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, held June 18 in Evanston, drew almost 5,000 participants and nearly 300 volunteers.

According to Karen Singer, president and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore, this demonstrates how much people want to get involved to end hatred and violence.

“For 18 years people have come together, uniting on Father’s Day, to send a powerful message that we will not tolerate racism or hatred in our communities,” said Singer. “We are so grateful for all who participate year and after year and stand up for what is right.”

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.

At the race, both Singer and Sherialyn Byrdsong, widow of Ricky Byrdsong, asked participants to remember the meaning behind the race, and the ongoing importance of supporting anti-violence efforts.

“I fear that hatred and gun violence are happening too often,” said Byrdsong, noting the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, the week before the race. “But this (Race Against Hate) is always a highlight of my year because I see people turning out to make a difference.”
Although the event 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 WILLIAM HAGUE, who finished with a time of 15:24. CURTIS WEISENBERGER was second in 15:37, and GEDION YITREF was third in 15:46. The top three female finishers in the 5K were MOIRA RYAN, 18:44, COLUMBA MONTES, 19:06, and DIANA JOCHUMS, 19:26.


The top overall male finisher in the 10K was TOMMY MCHUGH, 34:59. Second was JEREMY REILLEY, 35:26, followed by COLIN WHITE, 37:36. The top three female finishers in the 10K were COLLEEN BAKER, 39:11, AMANDA PORTER, 40:17, and APRIL LIKHITE, 41:23.

Complete results can be found at http://results.active.com/events/ricky-byrdsong-memorial-race-against-hate--8.

The 19th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate will take place on June 17, 2018.

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