Marine Honored near Anniversary of his Triumph
DC Olympic gold medalist, Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), will
join the expected 18,000 participants of the 29th Annual Marine
Corps Marathon to be held on October 31, 2004 in Washington,
DC. Mills has been asked to fire the starting shot for the race
and share his inspirational story at the legendary Marine Corps
Marathon Pasta Party.
have always credited the support of the Corps to my Olympic success,"
said Billy Mills. "To be invited to play a part in the Marine Corps
Marathon is a thrill." Mills, best known from the 1964 Tokyo
Olympics as the sole American to win the 10,000-meter race, is now
the national spokesperson of Running Strong for American Indian
Youth®, making an integral difference in the lives of Indian
children throughout the country. Each year he travels as much as
300 days to deliver his message to Native youth based on character,
dignity and pride. This October marks the 40th anniversary of Billy's
gold medal run.
commemorate the occasion, Running Strong has formed Team Running
Strong. Runners are invited to join Team Running Strong, allowing
them to bypass the marathon lottery with a guaranteed number for
the race while raising support and awareness for the native youth
who benefit from the national non-profit.
Mills, Olympian, Marine and great humanitarian embodies the spirit
of the Marine Corps Marathon. He is a hero to civilian and military
runners the world over," said Rick Nealis, Race Director. "It is
a great honor that Billy will join us at the 29th Annual Marine
Strong for American Indian YouthÒ is a nationally recognized
non-profit with the mission of strengthening American Indian communities
by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem.
Throughout 2004 Running Strong for American Indian YouthÒ
will be honoring Mills for the 40th anniversary of his gold medal
Marine Corps Marathon continues a combined tradition of dedication,
sportsmanship and patriotism. Since its inception, over 293,000
civilian and military runners from all walks of life have participated,
deservingly earning the event its nickname "The People's Marathon."
Beginning at the Iwo Jima Monument in Arlington, Virginia, the MCM
course is beautifully scenic, guiding runners around the Pentagon,
past the Capitol Building, down the National Mall and by the Lincoln
and Jefferson Memorials. Runner's World Magazine ranks the Marine
Corps Marathon among the 10 Best Beginner Marathons. For credentials,
event information and interview opportunities, please contact Christine
Moore at (703) 432-1164 or Marc Goldman at (703) 784-2113 the Marine
Corps Marathon Public Relations office.
Media & Programs Coordinator
Running Strong for American Indian YouthÒ
Billy Mills and Team Running Strong to raise awareness and needed
funds for Running Strong programs! Each runner receives a guaranteed
space in the US Marine Corps Marathon on October 31, 2004! For details
see our website: www.indianyouth.org