The next Ben's Memorial Mile will be Saturday, June 16th!

It will be held at Downers Grove North High School. Stay tuned for more information!

Thank you all for joining us at the second annual Ben’s Memorial Mile!

  • Stay posted for information on next year’s event!
  • Take a look at this awesome video from the 2017 Ben’s Memorial Mile!

Thank You All for Being a Part of Ben’s Story

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Looking for other ways you can donate? You can purchase Amazon goods through Amazon’s charitable website and select Ben’s Memorial Mile as your charity. A portion of your purchases will be donated to BMM.

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Book Available on Amazon

Jamie Silver (Ben’s mom) wrote a book about connecting with Ben. You can find Our Forever Ben: Letters from a Loving Mom to Her Son in Spirit, And His Poetic Replies via the link below.

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Keynote Speaker Announced

Legendary North Central track/cross-country coach Al Carius will be the keynote speaker at BMM this year. Watch his tribute video here.

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Yard Signs Will Be Available For Next Year

We will have yard signs again for next year. If you are interested in putting one out, email us at, and we will drop one off in the spring!

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2nd Annual Ben's Memorial Mile

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Track at Downers Grove North High School
4436 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515

A time schedule of events will be released approximately 1 week prior to the event.

There will be race-day registration for $30 (adults) and $15 (kids).

Click Register Today for more information on each event.

    5:00 = National Anthem + Introduction
    5:15 = Open Mile Races (~5 heats, from slowest to fastest)
    6:30 = Kids’ Half Mile
    6:40 = Little Kids’ 100-Meter Dash
    6:50 = Speeches: Ben’s family, Al Carius, & Hope for the Day
    7:15 = 4×400-Meter Relay
    7:30 = Costume Mile
    7:45 = Dance Lesson
    8:00 = Walking Mile
    8:30 = Elite Mile Races (~3 heats, from slowest to fastest)
    9:00 = Ben’s Victory Lap

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Ben’s Story

Benjamin Lee Silver was not only a son, brother, cousin, friend, teammate, captain, and fierce competitor—he was also a huge figure in his community: an enthusiastic and empathetic person who positively touched those around him. As a student at Downers Grove North High School, he was a four-time all-state athlete well known for his success on the track and cross-country course. Ben continued his athletic and academic pursuits at Miami University of Ohio, a top liberal-arts institution with a storied athletic history. However, during his college career he had a series of injuries and could not run, and his academics struggled as a result. He began acting erratically, and during the summer of his junior year he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, an often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder that typically arises in late adolescence and early adulthood. Though Ben’s struggles with this terrible illness eventually led to him taking his life in July 2015, the influence he had as a family member, friend, teammate, captain, and competitor lives on.

Join us this year for the first annual running of Ben’s Memorial Mile, a community running event and celebration of life. Regardless of your ability, there will be an event for you! Join us in celebrating Ben’s life, your life, and all lives, all while raising awareness for mental health issues in the United States. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a former all-stater searching for a new personal best or a couch potato—there will be an event for you. Join us!

Read Ben’s Full Story Play Video

Where Your Money Goes

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.


Hope for the Day


Hope For The Day (HFTD) focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education through self expression platforms to achieve outreach, education, and prevention. It’s ok not to be ok, have hope.

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