Last week was the 37th anniversary of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine's death.
I didn't know who "Pre" was at the time of the '72 Munich Olympics. What I remember was US vs. USSR in basketball, Mark Spitz' historic gold medal run, and the tragic terrorist attacks on the Israeli athletes. Steve didn't have the Olympic moment he was looking for in Munich and little did he know that he wouldn't be back in four years.
Pre died three years later after those Olympic games at the age of 24 in an auto accident. His reputation and lore grows stronger each year.
As I got hooked, then addicted on running I started to become aware of who "Pre" was. Early on as I began running, I didn't know why runners were wearing shirts that said "Stop PRE" or "Pre Lives." I likely pretended to know why they were wearing those shirts.
Every September, Coos Bay, Oregon hosts the annual Prefontaine Memorial Run. This fall will be the 32nd running of the 10K race. If you don't know about Pre, there are some good films including Fire on the Track, and Prefontaine which stars Jared Leto. I had a secondary motive to watch the later as I wanted to know why my wife keeps threatening to leave me for some guy named "Jared Leto."
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