Steve Prefontaine Biography
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Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when
I run. I like to make people stop and say, "I've never seen anyone run like that before". It's more than just a
race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else, its being creative." Pre
"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
exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after
running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift" -Pre
" Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." -Pre
" A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're understanding."
"I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."
"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it." -Pre
"Something inside of me just said 'Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him.' and I just took off." -Pre
"How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life people have been
telling me, 'You're too small Pre' , 'You're not fast enough Pre', 'Give up your dream Steve'. But they forgot
something, I have to win!."-Pre
"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to
keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of
Steve Prefontaine's high school times
Steve Prefontaine was born Coo's Bay Oregon in 1951. He attended 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. Below is Steve Prefontaine's times his Senior year in 1969.
3/29 Indn Clb Re Roseburg DisMedR 4:12.6r 1st
4/5 v Gr Pass Coos Bay Mile 4:11.1 1st 2M 9:13.4 1st
4/11 v s Eugene Coos Bay Mile 4:19.0 1st 880 1:54.3 1st
4/18 v Roseburg Coos Bay Mile 4:21.1 1st 880 1:57.7 1st
4/25 Corvallis Inv Corvallis 2M 8:41.5 1st
5/2 v Springfield Springfield 440 53.5 1st
5/9 Coos Cnty Coos Bay Mile 4:06.9 1st
5/16 v N Bend N Bend Mile 4:22.4 1st
5/23 District Springfield Mile 4:07.4 1st 2M 9:14.3 1st
5/30 State Corvallis Mile 4:08.4 1st 2M 9:03.0 1st
6/14 Golden West Sacramento Mile 4:06.0 1st
6/29 AAU Miami 3M 13:43.0 4th
7/12 Hawaii Inv Honolulu 2M 8:48.8 2nd
7/19 US v SU Los Angeles 5000 14:40.0 5th
7/31 US v Eur Stutgart 5000 13:52.8 3rd
8/5 US v WG Augsburg 5000 14:07.4 2nd
8/13 US v GB London 5000 14:38.4 4th
| Photo by Oregon Journal
Steve Prefontaine warms down after his prep two-mile of 8:41.
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