Race Day Info

Where & When

Note: the following is last year’s schedule and events. We leave it here for now in case you want a feel for how the event will go next year. Things are subject to change.


The 2020 Ben’s Memorial Mile is virtual!


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: The North High Alumni Chamber Choir

5:05 – Speeches from Silver family, NAMI, and 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 – “Ben-ipede” 800-Meter Group Run

6:30 – Kids’ Half Mile

6:45 – Little Kids’ 100-Meter Dash

7:00 – Costume Mile

7:15 – “Geezer Wheezer” 400-Meter Run

7:30 – Dance Lesson led by Brittney Valdez

7:45 – Walking Mile

8:15 – Elite Mile (Heat 1)

8:25 – Elite Mile (Heat 2)

8:35 – Elite Mile (Heat 3)

8:45 – 4×400-Meter Relay

9:00 – Ben’s Victory Lap

Other Fun Activities

  • NEW: Fun games on the infield
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Concessions
  • Dance lesson
  • Bags tournament
  • Kids Tent
  • Self-Care Tent
  • Bake Sale
  • 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.


Race Day Details (Dates & Packet Pick-up)

The fifth-annual Ben’s Memorial Mile will be virtual!

Important Dates

More information to come soon!


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


Gift certificates have been 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.

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