26th Annual YWCA Race Against Racism and Diversity Day

Sat January 15, 2022 Directions

5K Open

1:05PM EST - 2:30PM EST

1-Mile Walk

1:00PM EST - 2:00PM EST

Kids Fun Run

12:30PM EST - 12:45PM EST
YWCA Knoxville Phyllis Wheatley Center
124 South Cruze Street
Knoxville, TN

The YWCA's 26th 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. 


USATF Certified Course # TN15107MS  Click HERE to view certification

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

YWCA Race Against Racism Certified 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk Map

Certified 5K Course
• YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, 124 South Cruze Street
• Head North toward McCalla Avenue and cross over to Linden Avenue
• Turn Left (west) on Linden Avenue
• Turn Left (south) on Van Gilder Place
• Turn Right (west) on McCalla Avenue which becomes Jackson Avenue in the Old City
• Turn Left (south) on Central Street
• Turn Left (east) on Willow Avenue—Willow loops back to McCalla Avenue
• Turn Right (east) on McCalla Avenue
• Turn Right (west) to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
• Turn Right (north) to Phyllis Wheatley Center, 124 South Cruze Street


Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


YWCA Knoxville Phyllis Wheatley Center
124 South Cruze Street
Knoxville, TN


Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.

Race Participant Survey

Please complete the following survey to help us better understand your race experience.

Did you participate in the race?

Would you recommend this race to a friend?

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read how we use cookies and how you can control them by visiting our Privacy Policy.

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies.