Run Like Pre! The 31st Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run is September 18

Posted by TravelCoosBay on September 10, 2010

Want to have the Pre running experience among his friends and fans in the very place where it all began? The 31st Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run is just days away and runners who want to run like Pre can still register! This 10,000 meter road race is held in Coos Bay, Oregon each years and honors one of America’s Greatest Distance Runners.

Steve Prefontaine was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon and captured the imagination of our nation. We fondly remember accomplishments as well as his courage, feisty determination, and charisma before his life was cut short in a car accident at the age of 24. At the time of his death, Pre held every American distance running record from 2-miles through 10,000 meters.

Pre was a 2-time State 2-mile champion and 2-time State Cross Country Champion and set the National Record in the 2-mile at the Corvallis Invitational in 1969.

Upon graduating from Marshfield High School, he qualified for the USA National team and competed in international meets against the USSR, Germany, Great Britain and a combined European team. He entered the UO in the fall of 1969 as one of the most highly recruited high school track athletes ever.

Some of Pre’s most notable accomplishments in his short career include:

  • 3 NCAA XC titles and 4 NCAA 3-mile championships.
  • He set American records at various distances 14 times.
  • Pre won the 1972 Olympic trials 5000 meters in Eugene to qualify for the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, where he finished 4th in one of the greatest Olympic 5000M races of all-time.

Come join us on September 18th, 2010 and stay for the entire weekend for the Bay Area Fun Festival 2010.  Register on line at