A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding. - Steve 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!"
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.
Mac McIntosh was a highly respected coach, mentor and friend to many Marshfield High students, associates and acquaintances since moving back to his hometown following 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He was a 1971 graduate of Marshfield High School where he won a State Championship in the high hurdles his senior year. A 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mac entered flight training and flew F15’s. After returning to Coos Bay following retirement from the Air Force, Mac served as an assistant track coach before assuming the head coaching duties. In his last meet as head coach, the Marshfield men’s team won a state meet title winning the last race of the meet to clinch the championship trophy. Mac served as a valued member of the Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee and was an active Rotarian. Mac lost a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer on August 13, 2017.
A public Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 3 PM in the Marshfield High School Gymnasium.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Tribute Hall, a multi-use facility to be built adjacent to the Prefontaine Track that Mac put his heart and soul into making a reality during his lifetime.
The"Partner Level" supporters help underwrite the costs of our events and include Banner Bank (2M Fun Walk), Les Schwab (HS 5k Race), and Pacific Properties (10k Race). Supporters also recognized at the "Partner Level" for their in-kind donations include Nike and Vend West Services.