2021 Ben's Memorial Mile

Ben's Memorial Mile is a community festival and running gala normally held every summer to raise money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention in honor of Ben Silver. In the spirit of social distancing, we will be having an abridged version this year with untimed events. All events will be free to sign up for, but you can make an optional donation on our Eventbrite, here on our website, or on our Facebook page. Of note, some of our committee members are also hosting other events around the country that day; you can also sign up for these on the Eventbrite page.



Saturday, 7/31 @ 10:00am CDT


We are planning to host this event at Downers Grove North H.S.


Kids 800m Run, Running Mile, Walking Mile
Other events happening on 7/31:

Some of our committee members are planning on hosting events on 7/31 in other locations around the country. You can sign up for these events also on our Eventbrite page. More information to follow on the time and specific location for these events!

  • Brewster, Massachusetts (Cape Cod) – time & location TBD
  • Champaign, Illinois – Meadowbrook Park @ 9:45am CDT
  • Phoenix, Arizona – Papago Park @ 6:30am MST at the West Buttes parking lot
  • Portland, Oregon – Duniway Park track @ time TBD
  • If you would like to host an event that day in another spot around the country, please email info@bensmemorialmile.com!
Ben's Memorial Mile Logo
Information about this year's event:
  • Register on our Eventbrite page by clicking the button above
  • Help us spread the word
  • Come ready to run and/or walk on 7/31!
  • Donations are purely optional but any amount helps!

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 smile.amazon.com and select Ben’s Memorial Mile as your charity. A portion of your purchases will be donated to BMM.

Amazon's Charitable Website

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.

Learn More

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.

Hope for the Day-logo


National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.


Can't make it to an event? Here are two ways you can help!

Donate today or volunteer your time!


You are donating to : Ben's Memorial Mile

How much would you like to donate?
$10 $20 $30
Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Additional Note