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25th Annual YWCA Race Against Racism and Diversity Day

Saturday January 18th, 2020

Knoxville, TN

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The YWCA's 25th Annual Race Against Racism kicks off with Diversity Day activities for the entire family beginning at 11:00 a.m.  This event is for all ages and all people!  Whether you like to run, walk, or just want to be part of the movement to Race Against Racism, we can't wait to welcome you at the Phyllis Wheatley Center!  The certified 5k course route starts in East Knoxville at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and takes runners through the vibrant East Knoxville community, down to the Old City, and loops back at the starting line.  Looking for something a little more laid-back?  Join our 1-mile walk to the Alex Haley statue at Morningside Park, and enjoy meeting your friends and neighbors.  We'll also have a fun race for the younger kids!

Diversity Day and the Race Against Racism will happen, rain, snow, or shine - so please, come out and join us!

This is a day to celebrate our city's diversity! We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s event, as we celebrate diversity in partnership with local cultural and religious organizations, and once again join together as a community to stand against racism.  Arrive early to enjoy breakfast treats, entertainment, inspirational speeches, and more.  Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event!

Proceeds raised from the event support the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley and ensure that the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville continues to offer essential programs which provide students the tools necessary to overcome obstacles and to succeed in school and beyond. 

PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU REGISTER AFTER JANUARY 4th, 2020 AT MIDNIGHT-- Available t-shirts are not guaranteed. Arrive early to purchase yours while supplies last!!!


The race course has been certified by the Knoxville Track Club.

Race Distances

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Certified 5K Course- Team Member Click to Find Out Register »
Certified 5K Course- Individual Racer Click to Find Out Register »
1-Mile Walk- Team Member Click to Find Out Register »
1-Mile Walk- Individual Walker Click to Find Out Register »
Kids Fun Run Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

124 South Cruze Street, Knoxville, TN

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