50th Anniversary of Billy Mills’ Olympic Gold Medal win to be commemorated at 4th running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon


Here is our press release about Billy Mills and the video of his race and his techniques.

Global Running Culture Honors Billy Mills

50th Anniversary of Legendary Olympic Triumph

Santa Fe, N.M. — The fourth running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon on September 14 will honor the 50th anniversary of Billy Mills’ legendary victory in the 10,000 Meter Run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The iconic images of then-unknown Mills passing two runners on the final turn are considered one of the greatest Olympic moments and he remains the only American ever to win the Gold Medal in this distance running event. http://youtu.be/uOj0zjPzg-c

In the half century since his achievement, Mr. Mills has raised over 100 Million Dollars to benefit Native American children through his foundation Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Running Strong provides in-kind support for Santa Fe-based non-profit organization Global Running Culture’s (GRC) programs to improve the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education.

GRC focuses its programs in three communities where running continues to be a vital part of the local culture: Matunget, Kenya, Copper Canyon, Mexico and Northern New Mexico.  100% volunteer GRC founded the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon in 2011 as its primary fundraiser and as a destination event, which last year attracted runners from 30 states and 7 countries to Santa Fe.

“I am proud to be associated with an organization that shares my commitment to helping the next generation have the opportunity to succeed” said Mr. Mills. “I have participated in the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon and encourage runners to experience the unique cultural features and beautiful downhill course.” The male and female Half Marathon winners will receive personally autographed copies of Patricia Mills’ painting, Wings of an Eagle. Patricia’s works are displayed in the World Olympic Museum in Lausanne Switzerland and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

GRC will donate a portion of race proceeds Running Strong in Billy Mills’ honor.

Global Running Culture – www.globalrunningculture.org

Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon – www.santafethunder.com, info@santafethunder.com

Running Strong for American Indian Youth – http://indianyouth.org/

Studio Tupos, Patricia Mills – http://www.studiotupos.com/