Memorial Day Mile 2021

Mon May 31, 2021 Franklin, IN 46131 US Directions
About the Race and FAQs


Started in 2015, the Memorial Day Mile connects thankful citizens with Memorial Day observance through an annual race held on Memorial Day morning. 


What’s the race format?

  • In order to maintain distancing, this year's race will follow a rolling start format with runners/walkers continuously crossing the starting line.  
  • Your time will not begin until you cross the starting line.  
  • The starting line of the race will be just south of the 2019 start/finish line, directly across the street from the large parking lot on S Main St.  
  • Runners/walkers will spread out in the parking lot and make their way to the starting line to begin the race.
  • Packet pick-up is in the large parking lot by the Start Line (across from Richard’s Brick Oven Pizza) on Sat 5/29 from Noon-2pm; Sun 1pm-4pm; Race Day 7:15am-8:30am

- 9:00am Female Competitive Mile (must be able to run under 10 minutes for 1 Mile)

- 9:05am Male Competitive Mile (must be able to run under 10 minutes for 1 Mile)

- 9:10am Family Walk/Jog/Run

There will be no awards ceremony this year and congregating following the race is discouraged.

- 11:00am Memorial Day Service on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn

How much does the race cost and what do I get for my entry fee?

- Entry fees: $12 for 18+ and $6 for under 18

- Every participant receives a Memorial Day Mile t-shirt and a finisher medal

- Shirt and bib pick up is the Sunday before the race 1pm-4pm and from 7:15-8:30am on race day in the large parking lot by the Start Line

- No shirts or medals will be mailed

- Water is provided at the finish of the race

Are pets allowed? Sorry, no pets are allowed.

Where is race held and what’s the course? Everything centers around the Johnson County Courthouse in Franklin, IN 46131. Click the link to see a map of the course: 2021 MEMORIAL DAY MILE COURSE

How many people run/walk? The Memorial Day Mile has more finishers than any other Mile race in Indiana and was the 9th largest Mile race in America in 2019 with 1,063 finishers.

If I run the competitive race can I do the family race with my family? Absolutely!

Do you provide restrooms? Porta Johns are located at the start/finish area.

Where can I find results from last year’s race? We did a virtual race in 2020 with no final results. Results from 2019 can be found here: 2019 RACE RESULTS

Why do you put on the race? To connect thankful citizens with Memorial Day observance by giving families and friends an opportunity to come together in downtown Franklin to walk/jog/run prior to the annual Memorial Day Service. Memorial Day Mile, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Anything else I need to know about the race? Below is a list of the 165 men from Johnson County who died in action for our freedoms and a 2 minute Memorial Day Mile race video.


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