Hundreds of children surge forward at the start of the 2010 Race Against Hate, flooding down the street like water bursting through the tide gates of hatred. This was the 11th annual race, in honor of Ricky Byrdsong, who was killed in a hate-crime spree in 1999. Photo by John McBrantney

Sheridan Road was awash in a ribbon of blue on June 20, as more than 3,700 runners and walkers participated in the 11th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. Participants represented nine states and three countries and ranged in age from 2 to 83.

“This race has grown from an idea to a landmark event that would not be possible without all of you coming out each year,” said Sherialyn Byrdsong.

Ricky Byrdsong was the former head coach of the Northwestern men’s basketball team. Because of his lifelong love of sports and his compelling work with young people in the community, the Race was launched by his family and friends after his death to honor his legacy and bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all its forms.

For the past five years, the Race has been produced by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and proceeds go directly towards the YWCA’s anti-racism and violence prevention programming in schools throughout the North Shore.

Complete results can be found on the YWCA’s website,