Running Brave

There are times in life when a desperate moment changes everything. Take little Billy Mills for example. Born into poverty on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, Billy was orphaned at the age of 12. While attending boarding school, he began running as an outlet to help deal with his traumatic childhood. Years later, after breaking a number of high school records, Billy attended the University of Kansas on a track scholarship. He became a 3-time All-American, and following graduation, joined the Marine Corps. But even there, he couldn’t quench his desire to run. Following a rigorous 18-month training schedule where he ran over 100 miles/week. Billy was named to the 1964 USA Olympic team, qualifying for the 10,000 meters as well as the marathon.