Mill Pond Mile logo quote

--written by one of Cody's
4th grade classsmates

COVID-19 Update

The decision has been made… Water Days 2020 has officially been canceled for 2020. BUT… we are happy to report the Mill Pond Mile will continue as a virtual run! What does that mean? All participants will receive a free T-shirt as usual, but you’ll pick your own one mile route and do the race on your own time (preferably wearing your 2020 race T-shirt). Deadline to complete your run is Sunday, July 19th. Then, send us your pictures or post them on our Facebook page by the end of the day on July 19th to qualify for our free prize drawing! Winners will be announced online on Monday, July 20th.

Questions? Please visit our Register page for more details. Because we did not ask our local businesses for any sponsorship dollars this year, we are hoping for a record number of registrations to help raise funds for our 2021 scholarships. Please share and register your family, neighbors, friends, grandkids, nieces and nephews! Registration cutoff is July 6th! There is no early bird registration this year.

Mill Pond Mile 2015
Jim, Liam, Shelly, Gage, Dana and  Dylan

About the Mill Pond Mile
The Mill Pond Mile is a one-mile kids’ fun run around the scenic Mill Pond in New London, Minnesota. It was started in 2000 by Jim and Shelly Berg to honor the memory of their 10 year old son, who died in a car-bike accident in 1999.

Cody Berg Memorial Scholarship
In 2007, the first Cody Berg Memorial Scholarships were awarded to six members of Cody’s graduating class – the New London-Spicer Class of 2007. The scholarships were valued at $1,000 each. Three of the scholarships focused on Cody's unique interest areas (running, drama, and the outdoors); the remaining three were general scholarships. Today, the Cody Berg Memorial Scholarship continues to be awarded to members of each NL-S graduating class. View the Scholarship Winners page to see a full list of all previous recipients.

More About Cody Berg
Cody was born on November 16, 1988 to Jim and Shelly Berg of New London. He was an energetic, active kid who loved all kinds of outdoor activities, including baseball, hunting, riding go-carts and running. At the age of 10, Cody died as a result of a car/bike accident near his home. He was in 4th grade at Prairie Woods Elementary School at the time. Cody's death was devastating to the entire community. Cody's parents, along with friends and family, organized the Mill Pond Mile in the hopes that others will always remember the incredible joy that Cody brought to us during his short life.