Olympic medalist named in Sacramento runners' Hall of Fame

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012 - 7:43 am

The Sacramento Running Association's newly-formed Hall of Fame has named its first inductee – Olympic gold medalist distance runner Billy Mills.

Mills, who lives in Fair Oaks, won the gold medal in the 10,000 meters in the 1964 Tokyo Games in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic track and field history.

In the decades since, Mills, an Oglala Lakota Sioux, has worked as a spokesman for Running Strong for Native American Youth. He also has promoted physical fitness at schools throughout the country.

Mills will be honored at a dinner on Jan. 26 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

The SRA's Hall of Fame is looking for nominations for other runners deemed worthy of enshrinement.

Nominations can be made via the organization's website through Oct. 15.

Categories include, track, cross country, road racing, marathon and ultramarathon.

Tickets for the banquet cost $50 and can be purchased online on SRA's website, www.runsra.org.

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