Organizers expect a record turnout of more than 4,500 people to “Race Against Hate” Sunday morning in Evanston.

It’s the 14th annual edition of the event created to honor the memory of Ricky Byrdsong, the Northwestern University basketball coach killed in his Skokie neighborhood by a white supremacist while walking with his young children in June 1999.

Organized by his widow Sherialyn, the community event honors Byrdsong’s legacy of working with young people and brings attention to the need to combat hatred in all forms. In 2007 Sherialyn entrusted the future stewardship of the Race to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

The event starts at 7 a.m. at Northwestern University’s Long Field at Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street.

It includes a 5K run/walk, 10K and youth mile with a course running down Sheridan Road and along the lakefront.

Race Day registration begins at 6:15 a.m. with a fee of $39 for adults and $15 for youths.

More information is available online or by calling 847-864-8445.

Top: The start of the 2012 race (Photo by Genie Lemieux-Jordan.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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