The Jim Miller Memorial Mile was started in October 2008 by a group of Jim’s friends to commemorate his life. Jim Miller was a life-long Mariemont resident.
Jim Miller began his running career in high school at Mariemont, running track as an individual and on the cross-country team. He made Ohio’s all-state team as an individual in 1975 and also as part of Mariemont’s cross-country team, and was a member of a relay race team that held a longstanding record at the school. Jim was inducted into the Mariemont High School Hall of Fame in 1980.
Jim attended Mariemont High School and then Bowling Green University. He and his wife Nancy moved to the Village Of Mariemont in 1991. Jim coached Mariemont Recreational Track from 1998 – 2001 and he coach recreational soccer from 1994 – 2005 coaching his daughters Elizabeth and Kate. He also served on the Mariemont Soccer and Pool boards. Jim worked at Xavier University for 25 years in the role of Director of Gallagher Student Center and advised the Student Government Association.
In July 2008, we lost Jim to suicide. He was an amazing man who helped so many others. In order to honor his spirit, we partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to raise money for their suicide prevention program. In 2014, we also began working with a number of area universities and high schools and were able to start mental health programs in all five major universities and three area high schools. Our dream is that we can expand those programs and add additional schools going forward.