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Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run

Sep 21, 2024

THE RACE IS ON!! Saturday, September 21, 2024

A rolling and challenging course, this 10K road race honors one of America’s greatest distance runners, Steve Prefontaine. Event includes the 10K run and a 2M walk. Hilly, out and back.


Starting Line:

The corner of 4th & Anderson in downtown Coos Bay

(The Pre Run Will Be Chip Timed)

Start Times:

  • 5K High School Team Competition will start at 9:45 A.M.
  • Wheelchair runners will start at 9:50 A.M.
  • 10K & Fun Run will start at 10:00 A.M.

Things to Know:

FUN WALK: A fun walk will be held in conjunction with the 10K run. Walkers have their choice of walking the entire 10K route or the shorter 2-mile course. Walkers will start at the rear of the starting pack and follow the same course until reaching the corner of 10th & Central, where the 2-mile walkers take a left turn on 10th toward the stadium (see course map.) Chip timing will be provided for the 2-mile fun walk. Race timing devices will be turned off at 11:45 A.M. so we can produce timely and accurate race results. Full course walkers finishing prior to 11:45 A.M. will receive official times.

ENTRY FEE: For participants in the open 10K race and 2-mile fun walk, ages 19 and older, $40 through September 17th; $50 September 18th to race day. For runners 18 and under competing in the 10K or 2-mile fun run, the race fee is $20. Race fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. For runners competing in the high school 5K competition, special team rates apply. Registration for teams is being handled through Registration fees for high school team competitors is $13 per runner with a team cap of $300.

REGISTRATION: Applications may be submitted online at or mailed to Prefontaine Memorial Run, P.O. Box 1380, Coos Bay, OR 97420. On September 20th and 21st, registration will be held at the St. Monica Catholic Church Parish Hall, 357 S. 6th St., Coos Bay. Registration hours at St. Monica are 4 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Friday and 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. on race day. No applications will be accepted after 9:30 A.M. on race day. Download the registration form here.

PACKETS: Packets and t-shirts will be available at the St. Monica Parish Hall on September 20th and 21st. 

T-SHIRTS: An attractive t-shirt is included in the entry fee and can be picked up with your registration packet at the St. Monica Parish Hall on September 20th and 21st during registration hours.

Other Things To See While Attending the Run:

  • A commemorative monument was placed adjacent to the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center, displaying a bronze likeness of Pre and a list of all his American records held at the time of his death in May 1975.
  • The Coos Art Museum, Prefontaine Gallery holds the permanent collection of Steve’s awards and memorabilia, as well as numerous photographs highlighting his illustrious running career. The Gallery also features a bronze sculpture of Pre that was gifted to the Prefontaine Foundation by Bonnye Keller Hall, former wife of the late Eugene, OR mayor Gus Keller. The sculpture was commissioned by the City of Eugene as a gift to outgoing mayor Gus Keller in recognition of his eight years of service as mayor.
  • The Pre Mural in downtown Coos Bay across from Restaurant O, depicts three significant stages of Pre’s illustrious running career: as a national record-setting Marshfield High School runner, his ascent as a collegiate athlete at the University of Oregon, and his post-collegiate years highlighted by his scintillating performance in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

Part of the annual Bay Area Fun Fest, September 21.22, 2023.

Here are the other exciting events happening this weekend!

Annual Bay Area Fun Festival
Annual Cruz the Coos

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