Race Day Info

Where & When

Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Packet pickup will be onsite right next to the track!


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 by Ben’s family, Coach 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

Other Fun Activities

  • Raffle
    Raffle drawings will occur between events. Each participant will receive a complimentary raffle ticket and additional tickets can be purchased at the raffle booth.
  • Concessions
  • Dance lesson
  • Bags tournament

Race Day Details (Dates & Packet Pick-up)

The second annual Ben’s Memorial Mile will be an inclusive, evening-long event: an occasion filled with running and walking races, mental-health promotion, raffles, concessions, and community ties. Please show up with your family and friends ready to participate, cheer on the other runners, and learn about mental illness, all while supporting a great cause.

Important Dates

May 31 – Last day to sign up online and be guaranteed a shirt

June 1 – June 14: Online registration still open (shirt not guaranteed)

June 17 – Online registration closes at 2:00 pm CST

June 17 – Packet pickup onsite starting at 4 pm. There will also be race-day registration ($30 for adults and $15 for kids).


In the event of inclement weather, we will move the events to DGN fieldhouse.


Ben’s Memorial Mile offers a variety of awards for the Elite Mile & the Costume Mile. Special thanks to the Naperville Running Company for sponsoring the Elite Mile awards! Gift cards will be awarded to the top 3 males and females in the Elite Mile.

  • $100 – First Place
  • $50 – Second Place
  • $25 – Third Place


Downers Grove North is located just south of Ogden Ave. on Main Street. The main parking lot is on the north east corner of Main St. and Grant St.

Google Maps Directions

Event Map - Ben's Memorial Mile


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