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The YWCA's 28th Annual Race Against Racism kicks off with Diversity Day activities for the entire family beginning at 9:00 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 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.
***FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL INVOLVED--NO RACERS WITH STROLLERS OR DOGS ALLOWED***
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Start at YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center 124 South Cruze Street
Head north toward McCalla Ave crossing over to Linden Ave
Turn left (west) on Linden Ave
Turn Left (south) on Van Gilder Place
Turn right (west) on McCalla Ave which becomes Jackson Ave
Turn left (south) on Central Street
Turn left (east) on Willow Ave-Willow Ave loops back to McCalla Ave
Turn right (east) on McCalla Ave
Turn right (west) on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave
Turn right (north) on South Cruze Street
Finish at YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center 124 South Cruze Street
YWCA Knoxville Phyllis Wheatley Center
124 South Cruze Street
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