Photo by Evanston Photographic Studios

Evanston news delivered free to your inbox! 

A record 4,018 runners and walkers participated in the twelfth annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on June 20.

“Words can hardly express the feelings in my heart when I come to this Race year after year,” said Sherialyn Byrdsong, who founded the Race in memory of her husband, Ricky Byrdsong. “They are a mixture of joy, awe, bittersweet and thanksgiving. I don’t have the time to explain them all, but I do want to thank you and let you know how much my family appreciates helping us to overcome an act so evil with something good.

I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it. This Race is our ninety percent. We have responded to Ricky’s death in a way that would make him proud.”

Awards and a cash prize were presented by Three Crowns Park to the fastest male and female runners in the 5K who were 62 and older. Complete results can be found on the YWCA’s website,