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Runners for Billy Mills 10k in Sacramento have until midnight Monday to sign up

Runners have until midnight Monday to enter the Billy Mills 10k to be held during the second day of the upcoming USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

The 10k is put on by the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Sacramento Running Association and will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sacramento State’s refurbished Hornet Stadium. Sacramento hosts its sixth national championship meet starting Wednesday at the stadium.

The Thursday night 10k celebrates the 50th anniversary of Mills’ stunning gold medal win in the 10,000-meter event at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The little-known runner, believed to have fallen out of contention near the close of the race, sprinted past front-runners from Australia and Tunisia in the final curve to become the first American to win.

Mills, who lives in Fair Oaks, established a then-new world record at 28:24.4, almost 50 seconds faster than his previous best.

Runners can register at www.runsra.org. The cost -- $45 until Monday at 11:59 p.m. and $30 for those 18 and under – includes a ticket to Thursday’s event.

Mills grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for Oglala Lakota Sioux in South Dakota. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit group, Running Strong for American Indian Youth.

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