THE american middle & long-distance runner.

by Tracy Ann Koch

Steve Roland “Pre” Prefontaine (January 25th 1951 – May 30th 1975) was THE American middle and long-distance runner.  Prefontaine once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. He died at the age of 24 in a car accident. Pre, Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers generated considerable media coverage which helped inspire the 1970s “Running Boom.” He was often known for his mustache and his long locks of hair that parted as he ran.

“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 a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.” -Pre