Pre­fontaine 10K, 2000

Runner's World (UK) - - Shirt Tales -

‘ While work­ing for Nike I found we would be at Global HQ in Oregon at the right time for the Steve Pre­fontaine Memo­rial 10K in his home town of Coos Bay. I and some col­leagues took a 230-mile road trip to the race. The other guys were “proper” run­ners, tak­ing first, third and fourth. I fin­ished fur­ther back. The or­gan­iser heard we’d trav­elled specif­i­cally for the race and in­vited us home for a bar­be­cue, where I chat­ted to El­friede Pre­fontaine, Steve’s mum. With his look (relaxed, tanned and long-haired), his re­bel­lion against the am­a­teur sys­tem, his tal­ent and his early demise, he had a rock star im­age and had been an idol of mine since child­hood. His mum [who died in 2013] was a lovely lady. She was proud of her son and pleased his mem­ory was liv­ing on.’

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