Steve Prefontaine

International Track Star - Running Legend

A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into an exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. - Steve Prefontaine.

Steve "Pre" Prefontaine

During his brief 24-year lifespan, Steve Prefontaine grew from hometown hero, to record-setting college phenomenon, to internationally acclaimed track star. In a similar span of years since his death in 1975, Pre has become the stuff of enduring legend.

His rare combination of talent, discipline, determination, and star-quality with a human touch made Pre the idol of those he called "his people" — the devoted fans who came to watch him run and entered into the performance with roars of encouragement, "Go Pre!"

Pre and Gerry Lindgren in perfect step.  November 14, 1969 First  Pac 8 Champs Pre and Lindgren November 14, 1969 First  Pac 8 Champs
Pre and Gerry Lindgren in perfect step. November 14, 1969 First Pac 8 Champs.

At no place is the celebration of Steve Prefontaine and his story more personal than in Coos Bay, Oregon, where he was born in 1951 and discovered his gift for running fast and far as a student at Marshfield High School. Here, he developed his hunger to be the best in the field, and more, to do it with style—to create beauty when he ran, to show people something they had never seen before.

Steve Prefontaine is honored every year at the Prefontaine Memorial Run, a challenging 10K road race across one of his old training courses, with its finish line at the high school track where he first competed. This is where he tested his mettle and felt the possibility of greatness, and his hometown saw greatness, too. We warmly invite you to come to Coos Bay every September and run where Pre's legend began.


Next Race Date

RRCA State
Championship Race

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The 2017 Prefontaine Memorial Run has been designated as the Road Runners Club of America Oregon State Championship 10K Race. Championship medals will be presented to the top overall, master, grandmaster and senior grandmaster male and female winners.

September 16th, 2017

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