Billy Mills Inspiration Essay ContestWhat is it?

USA Track & Field is holding an essay writing contest beginning February 1st and ending March 30th, 2008. A great prize will be given to the winner--see below!

Who can participate?

Any USATF youth member age eight to eighteen is encouraged to write an essay.

How do I enter?

During the 2007 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships (in Lawrence, KS) Billy Mills spoke about his love for running. The 1964 gold-medal Olympian in the 10,000 meters discussed how his passion helped him overcome adversity to be a champion. In 1,000 words or less (typed or handwritten), please describe how Billy Mills has inspired your participation in track and field and/or cross country. Even if you were not at the championships, you may use his biography or your own research to write an answer. Please include your name, age, address, phone, e-mail address, and club affiliation (if applicable) in your submission. Essays will be scored more on content rather than grammar and punctuation.

What can I win?

A poster autographed by Billy Mills and official USATF merchandise! Both the winning essay and the author's photo will be posted on the USATF website. In addition, the winner will receive a USATF t-shirt, hat, and spike bag. The runner-up will receive a USATF hat. The winners will be announced online in May.

How do I submit my essay?

Completed essays must be received (via mail, e-mail, or fax) at one of the addresses below by March 30, 2008.

USATF Youth Programs - Essay Contest
Attn: McKenze Murphy
One RCA Dome, Suite 140
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Fax: (317) 261-0514

If you have any questions, please contact McKenze Murphy, USATF Youth Programs Coordinator, via e-mail or (317) 713-4678.

Have fun and best of luck!