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DL Mile event set for this Friday

Isabella Schultz, just shy of age 3, was the youngest participant in last year’s DL Mile. This year’s event is set to take place Friday near Bleacher’s.

Prepping for the Beardsley run? Or think that’s way too long for you to run? Here’s a shorter solution: The DL Mile.

On Friday, run one mile — or walk it if you wish — and raise money for Benton’s Hope at the same time. Benton’s Hope will be working in conjunction with Essentia Health St. Mary’s Foundation to provide items to youth athletics in the area, including first aid kits.

“It helps kids out, sports medicine wise,” Sean Degerstrom said.

Degerstrom not only serves as co-organizer of the event and athletic trainer at St. Mary’s, Benton’s Hope is named for his and wife Amy’s baby boy, Benton, who died last year 25 days after he was born.

Benton’s Hope was formed to assist other families who have lost a newborn.

So get ready to race.

Registration for Friday’s DL Run begins at 4 p.m. at Bleacher’s Bar and Grill on County Road 22. The race begins at 7. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt and chip timing.

The route will be along Deadshot Bay (not on County Road 22) and end at Bleacher’s.

“It’s a nice party atmosphere,” Sean said of the celebration at Bleacher’s after the run. “Since it’s only one mile, it will go pretty quick,” he added.

Last year’s DL Mile run was down Washington Avenue, but with the threat of road construction — which is happening next year now — organizers found a new location for this year’s event. Sean said they will move locations until they find the perfect one, which may end up being Bleacher’s.

“Bleacher’s has been very supportive,” he said.

While there’s no big cash prize for the winner or anything, there will be plenty of fun for all and a couple trophies for those who excel.

The Corporate Challenge will have two trophies — one for the fastest team and one for the largest group. For the challenge, teams must consist of at least four participants. The top four times will be calculated to find the fastest team.

“It’s not meant to be competitive; it’s meant to be fun,” Amy said.

Last year’s winners were Essentia Health Therapy Department (fastest) and Midwest Bank (largest).

Volunteers — or Bennie’s Buddies — are always welcome to help at the event as well.

Look for more information on Facebook pages of Benton’s Hope and The DL Mile.

Online registration for the run can be done through Zap Event at http://www.zapevent.com/listactivities.aspx?eventid=6104.

Benton’s Hope is a charitable fund of Dakota Medical Foundation and is not separately incorporated. DMF oversees the administration of the fund. For more information about the fund, call 218-238-5584 or e-mail bentonshope@gmail.com.

Follow Pippi Mayfield on Twitter at @PippiMayfield.

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