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    Hi everyone, was just interested what or who Prefontaine is/means. Thanks
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    Hi everyone, was just interested what or who Prefontaine is/means. Thanks
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    Allow me to explain on behalf of my homie:

    http://www.prefontainerun.com/


    He, like many aces, could outrun a Dora in more ways than one. Fact.
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    Sorry I didn't see this thread a while ago.

    Prefontaine, or Steve Prefontaine, was one of America's top distance runners. As a kid he never excelled at any sport, but once he found running, he never stopped. In his first season on his high school cross country team (which I personall do) he became the second best runner on the team, and placed 56th in Oregon's state HS XC championship.

    The next year, he was the teams best runner, and placed 6th. But 6th wasn't good enough for Pre.

    His senior year, he placed 1st in the meet (which, statewide, includes hundreds of kids). Almost every college in the country wanted him, but he chose the University or Oregon because of its legendary track Coach, Bill Bowerman.

    Pre loved XC, but loved spring and winter track even more. He was obsessed, and ran every race as if it were his last. Such passion has not been seen in American atheletes since, IMO.

    Pre soon became the best runner in the country (1972). He was preparing to go to the Munich Olympics in 1974, where he expected to dominate.

    The olympics came around, and Pre ended up finishing 4th. The race (5,000 meters) consisted of a slow first two miles, and then Pre took the lead with a mile to go. He held the lead till the home strech, when Lasse Viren, Mohammed Gamudi, and Ian Steward passed him. He ran his last mile in 4:04. "One man made the race, and another man won it".

    Pre was devistated, but soon got over it. He took place in a informal meet (Hayward Field Restoration) to raise money for the place because it was falling apart. At his home track (Hayward Field) in Oregon, he had never lost a race, and had set American Records in all middle distance events.

    That night, after attending a post-race party, he was driving home after drinking a few beers. A car came around the corner very sharply (it was a windy road) and in order to evade the car, he swerved, but hit a stone wall. He was killed at the age of 24.

    Steve Prefontaine had held all American Records during his life from the 2,000 meter to the 10,000 meter. The shoe company Bill Bowerman started on Pre and other runner's feet is now today known as Nike.

    The 3,000 meter record for runners under the age of 19 is an impressive 13:39. It continues to be held by Steve Prefontaine.

    All US runners now are compared to him, he was truly an amazing person on and off the track. He was arrogant to some, and had what it took to back up his claims. But he was really a loving, caring person, and was haunted by self doubt in private.

    I highly recommend seeing the movie "Without Limits". It's truly amazing.

    For more information, go to www.stevepre.com
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    SUP G!

    I was doing physics homework in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd stop by.

    Represint' !
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    didn't know about this guys, interesting and inspiring story. Thnx..

    Guys. DON*T drink and drive
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    Btw (this is just for you Orheim)

    Lasse Viren was Finnish, won golds in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races in Munich, and then did it again in Montreal 4 years later. An amazing runner as well.
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    Used to see him training when I was little boy in Oregon, glad to see he's still remembered.


    http://www.prefontainerun.com/
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    ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!??!!?

    Sorry everyone, he's like....my hero lol.

    Did you ever talk to him? What did you think he was like? Tell me everything!!!
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    I heard of Oregon athletic school too.. infamous

    BTW there's good movie about Prefontaine. Don't remember the title tho.
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