Race Day Info

Where & When

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Packet pickup

Onsite right next to the track


5:00 – National Anthem

5:05 – Speeches from Silver family

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 by Chris Ferguson

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

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.

Raffle Item List!

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Silent Auction
  • Concessions
  • Dance lesson
  • Bags tournament
  • Fun “Hippo” Inflatable Game
  • Cheerleading for Kids
  • Kids Tent
  • Self-Care Tent
  • Bake Sale

Race Day Details (Dates & Packet Pick-up)

The third-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 other fun activities! 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

March 1 – Online registration opens

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

June 1 – June 16: Online registration still open (shirt not guaranteed)

June 16 – Online registration closes at 12:00 pm CST

June 16 – Packet pickup onsite starting at 4:00 pm. There will also be race-day registration ($30 for adults + older kids and $5 for the Little Kids’ 100-Meter Dash).


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


Gift certificates will be supplied by Peak Running for the top three males and females!


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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