The 13th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, presented by Allstate, will take place Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Long Field in Evanston. It will include chip-timed 5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk and a fun youth mile. The event, hosted by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, also features on-field refreshments, music and fun for the whole family.

The 10K race begins at 7:30 a.m., the 5K walk/run will start shortly thereafter and the youth mile, an out and back course on Sheridan Road, kicks off at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is already up 50% percent over the same time last year, with over 1,400 people registered. Register, start a team, join a team, or sponsor your friends and family who are participating online today at!

Pre-registration is ongoing, with a fee of $35 for the 5K/10K and $10 for the youth mile, which includes a free technical t-shirt for the first 3,400 5K/10K registrants and a cotton t-shirt to the first 500 youth milers to pick up their packets. However, if you sign up before June 1 you will get the early registration price of $32 for the 5K/10K.

Online registration will close Tuesday, June 12 at 5pm. After that time, please plan on registering at a packet pick-up or on Race Day.

Participants can also register on Race Day beginning at 6:15 a.m. for a $39 fee; registration for youth mile is $15 at the Race.

For more information or to register for the Race, visit the YWCA’s race website at or call 847-864-8445.