Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine


Pre: The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine Author Tom Jordan
ISBN-10 0875964575
ISBN-13 9780875964577
Year 1997-03-15
Pages 176
Language English
Publisher Rodale Books
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The story of America s greatest running legend For five years no American runner could beat him at any distance over a mile But at the age of 24 with his best years still ahead long distance runner Steve Prefontaine finally lost Driving alone at night after a party Prefontaine crashed his sports car putting a tragic shocking end to the life and career of one of the most influential accomplished runners of our time More than 20 years later Pre continues to influence the running world From his humble origins in Coos Bay Oregon Pre became the first person to win four NCAA titles in one event Year after year he was virtually unbeatable Instead of becoming one of the new breed of professional track athletes Pre chose to stay amateur and fight for the adequate funding he felt American amateur athletes deserved A man of incredible desire and energy Pre trained relentlessly In his drive to be the best he spurred others to do their best As one racer said He ran every race as if it were his last But Pre not only touched runners his exciting technique as well as his maverick lifestyle made him a favorite of the fans A race with Prefontaine in it was automatically an event His brief but brilliant life is the tale of a true American hero This is his story 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 style It s doing something better than anyone else It s being creative Steve Prefontaine

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