During his brief 24-year life-span, Steve Prefontaine grew from hometown
hero, to record-setting college phenomenon, to internationally acclaimed track star. In a similar span of years since his death in 1975, Pre has become the
stuff of enduring legend.
His rare combination of talent, discipline, determination, and star-quality with a human touch made Pre the idol of those he called "his people" — the devoted fans who came to watch him run and entered into the performance
with roars of encouragement, "Go Pre!"
At no place is the celebration of Steve Prefontaine and his story more
personal than in Coos Bay, Oregon, where he was born in 1951 and discovered his
gift for running fast and far as a student at Marshfield High School. Here, he developed his hunger to be the best in the field, and more, to do it with
style—to create beauty when he ran, to show people something they had never
Steve Prefontaine is honored every year at the Prefontaine Memorial Run, a challenging 10K road race across one of his old training courses, with its
finish line at the high school track where he first competed. This is where he tested his mettle and felt the possibility of greatness, and his hometown saw
greatness, too. We warmly invite you to come to Coos Bay every September and run where Pre's legend began.