“To do anything less than your very best, would be to sacrifice the gift.”
Steve Prefontaine was an outstanding long distance runner.
He once held the American record in seven distance track events from 2,000-10,000 meters.
Prefontaine was from the State of Oregon and attended the University of Oregon where he won the NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championship..
Prefontaine won 120 of 153 races and never lost a race at the University of Oregon.
Prefontaine was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 19.
Prefontaine tragically died in a car accident at age 24, in 1975.
This quote from Steve Prefontaine truly inspires me.
He is asking all of us to look inside ourselves to make sure that we are doing our very best.
Prefontaine was an incredible competitor.
He made the point that if someone beats him in a race that person would have to “bleed” to do it.
He also said that he runs to see who has the most guts.
It is safe to say that he did not pace himself.
Prefontaine, along with Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers left their mark because of all the media coverage the three received.
In fact, these three deserve a great deal of credit with helping to bring about the 1970’s running boom.
One of Steve Prefontaine’s cousins, Andy Prefontaine, has been a close friend of mine for more than 20 years.
Andy Prefontaine is a very successful businessman..and yes..he, too is a long distance runner who has run several marathons.
Steve Prefontaine lost his life at a very young age. His competitive spirit is something I always will remember.