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Billy Mills 10k 50th Anniversary

50 years ago Billy Mills stunned the world and beat the odds to win a gold medal in the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. This year we celebrate Billy's dream come true--and all the work he has done to support the dreams of American Indian youth.

Billy's 50th Anniversary

This year, we are commemorating Billy’s accomplishments of the past 50 years with special events around the country.  And with Billy, we will also be sharing celebrations of dreams — of the dream that Billy had over 50 years ago and of the dreams of today’s dream-makers young and old.

Celebrate Billy Mills' 50th Anniversary:

Keep up with our plans for Billy's 50th Anniversary on Twitter! #BillysDream50

Dreamstarter- Billy's dream came true. How about yours? We're launching a new grant program called Dreamstarter to help bring native youth's dreams to life. Find out more here.

Learn about Dreamstarter- Grants in honor of Billy's Anniversary!


Send Billy a Message of Congratulations

Tell Us - Where Were You When Billy Won the Gold?

“During tough times, my father would tell me that I needed to have a dream in life, because it’s pursuit of a dream that heals broken souls. He would say, ‘You have broken wings, and if you follow your dreams, someday you’ll have the wings of an eagle'."   -Billy Mills

Billy Mills


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    Chat Live on 11/11/15 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time. Join Running Strong staff and some of the 2015 Dreamstarters to talk about Dreamstarter Year 2: Arts & Culture

  • Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota (Sioux), was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. An Olympic gold medalist and Running Strong's National Spokesperson, he has dedicated his life to serving American Indian communities.

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