EVENT: Team Running Strong 2016 MCM
Every year I vacation in the beautiful Nebraska Badlands in view of the Pine Ridge Reservation. This year I chose to run the MCM to raise money for the charity RUNNING STRONG which was founded by Billy Mills - a Marine, an Ogala Lakota, and an Olympic Gold Medalist. I would appreciate any donation! Running Strong helps American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs while creating opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem in American Indian youth. Running Strong's work began primarily on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations in South Dakota. RS implemented programs to provide aid with food and nutrition, women and children’s health, education, and seasonal demands. Over the years, their service population and programming expanded dramatically. Today they are proud to serve American Indian people both on and off reservations throughout the United States. Billy Mills was born on June 30, 1938 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is Oglala Lakota (Sioux) and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. At the 1964 Olympics, he shocked the world and came from behind to win the gold medal in the 10k race. At the time, he set a world record of 28 minutes, 24.4 seconds and is still the only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10k event. His win was an upset that has been called the second greatest moment in Olympic history. In Lakota culture, someone who achieves great success has a 'giveaway' to thank the support system of family and friends who helped him achieve his goal. As part of his effort to give back to his community, Billy helped found Running Strong for American Indian Youth® and became the organization's National Spokesperson.