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"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."    - Steve Prefontaine

"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." - Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine USA and Emiel Puttemans Belgium 5,000 meter run semifinal  September 1972 Munich Olympics by Co Rentmeester

Steve Prefontaine USA and Emiel Puttemans Belgium 5,000 meter run semifinal September 1972 Munich Olympics by Co Rentmeester

Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) was an American middle and long-distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. Prefontaine once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters.[1] Prefontaine died in May 1975 at the age of 24 in a DWI auto accident.

Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) was an American middle and long-distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. Prefontaine once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters.[1] Prefontaine died in May 1975 at the age of 24 in a DWI auto accident.

The Godfather of Distance Running! Nike running shoes were first made for Pre's feet. He revolutionized our sport and made enormous break throughs in the industry.

The Godfather of Distance Running! Nike running shoes were first made for Pre's feet. He revolutionized our sport and made enormous break throughs in the industry.

Pre's last race. Taking the lead from Frank Shorter on May 30, 1975 at Hayward Field, hours before he was killed in his MGB.

Pre's last race. Taking the lead from Frank Shorter on May 30, 1975 at Hayward Field, hours before he was killed in his MGB.

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