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Race Against Racism 5K

Race Against Racism 5K

Race Against Racism 5K is an accessible run/walk on a flat course around Lake Nokomis on August 8. Gather your friends, families and colleagues for a casual (or competitive) 3.1-mile run or walk in a safe, distanced outdoor setting. Open to all ages and genders. Strollers are welcome!

This run/walk supports YWCA’s mission and work to eliminate racism and empower women. After a year of virtual events, we are excited for our community of athletes, supporters and social justice advocates to come together in person and celebrate the strength and resilience in us all.

Date: Sunday, August 8
Time: First wave starts at 9:00 am
Location: Lake Nokomis
Cost: $40

Race Against Racism 5K offers:

  • COVID-19 safety precautions
  • YWCA-branded merchandise for all participants
  • Timed finish
  • Supported course
  • Virtual race option: Participate on your own time and on your favorite path! The virtual registration offers the opportunity to participate in the 5K even if you live a distance from Minneapolis or are not yet comfortable being around a crowd of folks.

Become a Fundraising Ambassador

Become an ambassador and raise awareness and funds that propel our mission forward! Ambassadors receive tools, templates, personalized support and great perks to help meet their fundraising goals. Your $40 registration fee will automatically go toward your fundraising goal.


  • Raise $100 and get a Race Against Racism 5K T-shirt.
  • Raise $500 and get a Race Against Racism 5K gym bag. The first 10 ambassadors to raise $500 win registration for one to the Medtronic Twin Cities 10-Mile race on October 3, 2021.
  • Raise $1,000 and get a one-hour massage at a YWCA Minneapolis location. The first 10 ambassadors to raise $1,000 win registration for one to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 3, 2021.

Funds raised through this event go directly to our Racial Justice and Public Policy programs. YWCA Minneapolis empowers our community with the tools to fight inequities at every level. We deliver the insights and skills to help people take a stand against racism and create a more equitable world for everyone.

Our workshops, events, consulting services and advocacy work to:

  • Teach skills that individuals can use as they begin or continue their journey against racism
  • Help build commitments to policies and practices that create long-term, sustainable change
  • Invite open dialogue and discussion toward the goal of mutual understanding
  • Raise awareness of oppression on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels

Training Plan

Need some training to get to 5K? No problem. Our personal trainers have created a free training plan to help. We’ve included options for beginner and intermediate athletes.

Get That Gear

It’s summer – time for new tanks, tees, and lightweight long sleeves that go with everything! Check out our new Race Against Racism clothing and great deals on last year’s merch. Order by July 6 to guarantee pick-up on race day, August 8!

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:

  • Race and gender equity
  • Economic independence for women
  • Respect for diverse cultures
  • Children and youth who thrive
  • A community that is vibrant and healthy

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