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BMM is a running gala and family festival to raise money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
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3rd Annual Ben's Memorial Mile

See below for information from the 2018 event. This information will be updated once we finalize the 2019 date.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

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

-$20 for unlimited events
-Little kids’ 100m dash only $5

There will be race-day registration for $30 (adults + older kids) and $5 (little kids’ 100m dash).


5:00 – National Anthem
5:05 – Talks: Silver family & Hope For The Day
5:15 – Open Mile (Heat 1)
5:30 – Open Mile (Heat 2)
5:45 – Open Mile (Heat 3)
6:00 – Open Mile (Heat 4)
6:15 – Kids’ Half Mile
6:30 – Little Kids’ 100-Meter Dash
6:45 – Costume Mile
7:00 – Recording of Ben’s Memorial Mile song
7:15 – “Ben-ipede” 800-Meter Group Run
7:25 – 4×400-Meter Relay
7:40 – “Geezer Wheezer” 400-Meter Run
7:45 – Dance Lesson
8:00 – Walking Mile
8:30 – Elite Mile (Heat 1)
8:40 – Elite Mile (Heat 2)
8:50 – Elite Mile (Heat 3)
9:00 – Ben’s Victory Lap


-Scavenger Hunt
-Raffle/Silent Auction
-Kids Tent
-Cheerleading for Kids
-Bake Sale
-Fun “Hippo” Inflatable Game

Raffle Item List!

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

  • Take a look at this awesome video from the 2017 Ben’s Memorial Mile!

Thank You for Being a Part of Ben’s Story

Recent Updates

Use Amazon to Donate

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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Yard Signs Will Be Available!

We will have yard signs again this year! If you are interested in displaying one, email us at with your address, and we will drop one off!

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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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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 third-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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