Running - Steve Prefontaine



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Steve Roland Prefontaine
Born on January 25, 1951 in Coos Bay, Oregon
Died on May 30, 1975

For those who do not know, Steve Prefontaine was an American distance runner. For those who do know, this is a great understatement.

Steve Prefontaine held every American record from 2000 to 10,000 meters. He won three NCAA cross-country titles and four NCAA 3 mile / 5000 meter titles. He was one of the greatest competitors to ever represent the United States. A runner, a human being like Steve Prefontaine only comes along once a generation. When he died in 1975 from a car crash, it was a tragedy for those who knew him, for the people of Oregon, and for running fans everywhere.


If you're looking for a timeline of Pre's best times, then refer to's Year-by-Year chart



For a detailed account of Steve Prefontaine's life, check out Tom Jordan's book Pre. That is where I got the quotations, and also how I derived the timeline.

My page is a small sample of what there is to know about Steve Prefontaine. We here at also have some information about Movies and Books related to running and Prefontaine. In addition to this, we provide Links to Track Stars, with a large section of Pre links.

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