Today would have been Steve Prefontaine’s 63rd Birthday.
For a legend that died far before his time, we salute his accomplishments.
Prefontaine once held the U.S. record in every long-distance event from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. In his short career he participated in 153 races, winning a solid 120 of them.
Pre was born and bred in Oregon, continuing to live and train there through his time at the University of Oregon. He was so iconic to runners that they named the trail on which he once trained “Pre’s Trail.” There are miles of these trails, but Pre’s Trail is one of the most photographed sceneries in America.
Pre narrowly missed a medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics and was training for the 1976 Montreal Olympics when he died in a car crash on May 30, 1975 at the age of 24.