About 2022 Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

Sunday, June 19 starting at 7:30 am

Floyd Long Field, Evanston, IL

​5/10K Run/Walk 
Youth Mile/Half Mile

The 2022 Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate is on! We can't wait to see you!!!

Each year, the Race Against Hate brings together thousands of people from all over Chicagoland to run and walk in unity against racial hatred and violence. In 2020 and 2021, we adapted to honor the spirit of the Race without coming together. 

While following CDC guidelines, we think it’s realistic at this point to plan to come together in mind AND body on June 19th! And we can’t wait to see you all!

About the Race

Now in its 23rd year, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was launched to honor the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong and to bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all its forms. Comprised of chip-timed 5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk and a fun youth mile, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate also features on-field refreshments, music and fun for the whole family. Add to that technical t-shirts in women's and unisex cuts, give-away bags, awards, a fast, flat, and scenic race course.

The 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!

"One of Ricky’s favorite quotes, that he patterned his life after, and tried to instill in his family, friends and players was, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it." This Race Against Hate is our 90%. We have responded to Ricky’s death in a way that would make him proud.
- Sherialyn Byrdsong

Join us!


Starts at:  June 19, 2022 7:30 AM
Ends at:  June 19, 2022 11:00 AM


Floyd Long Field
2436 Sheridan Road
Evanston,IL 60201 USA


YWCA Evanston/North Shore

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Proceeds from the Race Against Hate are used to further the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Your donations:

  • support survivors of abuse in our domestic violence shelter 
  • help children in our schools and local youth organizations to challenge their own prejudices and foster healthy, violence-free relationships among their peers; 
  • provide teenagers with the skills they need to examine their own relationships and practice constructive ways to handle conflict and differences; and
  • encourage adults to engage in constructive dialogue, interactive activities and meaningful action to advance racial justice.

Thanks to our generous and steadfast sponsors for their continued support of the Race