Race Day Info

Where & When


Saturday, June 15, 2019 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: 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 fourth-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

April 1 – Online registration opens: cost is $20 (+ fees) for unlimited events!

May 26 – Price increases to $25 (+ fees)

June 5 – Last day to sign up online and be guaranteed a shirt

June 6 – June 15: Online registration still open (shirt not guaranteed)

June 11 – Chipotle fundraiser (see flyer on our homepage for more information)

June 14 – Fundraiser at Pierce Tavern from 9:00pm – 12:00am

June 15 – Ben’s Memorial Mile & Family Festival! Online registration closes at 12:00pm. Packet pickup onsite starting at 4:00pm. There will be race-day registration ($30 for adults + older kids; $5 for the Little Kids’ 100-Meter Dash).

June 15 – Afterparty fundraiser at Cadence Kitchen from 10:00pm – 1:00am


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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