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MOhz
01-06-2005, 05:43 AM
Hi everyone, was just interested what or who Prefontaine is/means. Thanks

MOhz
01-06-2005, 05:43 AM
Hi everyone, was just interested what or who Prefontaine is/means. Thanks

LStarosta
01-06-2005, 07:42 AM
Allow me to explain on behalf of my homie:

http://www.prefontainerun.com/


He, like many aces, could outrun a Dora in more ways than one. Fact.

JG7_Rall
01-06-2005, 05:25 PM
Sorry I didn't see this thread a while ago.

Prefontaine, or Steve Prefontaine, was one of America's top distance runners. As a kid he never excelled at any sport, but once he found running, he never stopped. In his first season on his high school cross country team (which I personall do) he became the second best runner on the team, and placed 56th in Oregon's state HS XC championship.

The next year, he was the teams best runner, and placed 6th. But 6th wasn't good enough for Pre.

His senior year, he placed 1st in the meet (which, statewide, includes hundreds of kids). Almost every college in the country wanted him, but he chose the University or Oregon because of its legendary track Coach, Bill Bowerman.

Pre loved XC, but loved spring and winter track even more. He was obsessed, and ran every race as if it were his last. Such passion has not been seen in American atheletes since, IMO.

Pre soon became the best runner in the country (1972). He was preparing to go to the Munich Olympics in 1974, where he expected to dominate.

The olympics came around, and Pre ended up finishing 4th. The race (5,000 meters) consisted of a slow first two miles, and then Pre took the lead with a mile to go. He held the lead till the home strech, when Lasse Viren, Mohammed Gamudi, and Ian Steward passed him. He ran his last mile in 4:04. "One man made the race, and another man won it".

Pre was devistated, but soon got over it. He took place in a informal meet (Hayward Field Restoration) to raise money for the place because it was falling apart. At his home track (Hayward Field) in Oregon, he had never lost a race, and had set American Records in all middle distance events.

That night, after attending a post-race party, he was driving home after drinking a few beers. A car came around the corner very sharply (it was a windy road) and in order to evade the car, he swerved, but hit a stone wall. He was killed at the age of 24.

Steve Prefontaine had held all American Records during his life from the 2,000 meter to the 10,000 meter. The shoe company Bill Bowerman started on Pre and other runner's feet is now today known as Nike.

The 3,000 meter record for runners under the age of 19 is an impressive 13:39. It continues to be held by Steve Prefontaine.

All US runners now are compared to him, he was truly an amazing person on and off the track. He was arrogant to some, and had what it took to back up his claims. But he was really a loving, caring person, and was haunted by self doubt in private.

I highly recommend seeing the movie "Without Limits". It's truly amazing.

For more information, go to www.stevepre.com (http://www.stevepre.com)

LStarosta
01-06-2005, 05:29 PM
SUP G!

I was doing physics homework in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd stop by.

Represint' !

F19_Orheim
01-06-2005, 05:33 PM
didn't know about this guys, interesting and inspiring story. Thnx..

Guys. DON*T drink and drive

JG7_Rall
01-06-2005, 05:40 PM
Btw (this is just for you Orheim) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Lasse Viren was Finnish, won golds in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races in Munich, and then did it again in Montreal 4 years later. An amazing runner as well.

StG77_Stuka
01-06-2005, 06:04 PM
Used to see him training when I was little boy in Oregon, glad to see he's still remembered.


http://www.prefontainerun.com/

JG7_Rall
01-06-2005, 07:21 PM
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ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!??!!?

Sorry everyone, he's like....my hero lol.

Did you ever talk to him? What did you think he was like? Tell me everything!!!

Atomic_Marten
01-06-2005, 07:52 PM
I heard of Oregon athletic school too.. infamous http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BTW there's good movie about Prefontaine. Don't remember the title tho.

BERNDT79
01-06-2005, 07:59 PM
Rall,


I thought i was the only Cross Country and Track runner that played IL2. I guess not!! I'm gonna have to talk to you on TS in Warclouds one of these nights. I love pre as well. Its a great story, not just for runners, but for everyone. You should check out some of the movies made about him, they are really good and pump me up to race! "without limits", and "prefontaine" are the two movies i believe. Enjoy! Rall, where do you run for?

JG7_Rall
01-07-2005, 12:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by _VR_C_Berndt:
Rall,


I thought i was the only Cross Country and Track runner that played IL2. I guess not!! I'm gonna have to talk to you on TS in Warclouds one of these nights. I love pre as well. Its a great story, not just for runners, but for everyone. You should check out some of the movies made about him, they are really good and pump me up to race! "without limits", and "prefontaine" are the two movies i believe. Enjoy! Rall, where do you run for? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

S!

Wow, awesome to find another runner! I'm not that great but still love the sport, I'll definitely head on warclouds TS tonight after work.

I've seen both "Prefontaine" and "Without Limits". Prefontaine is a bit more realistic but Without Limits is definitely the better movie IMO. Fire on the Track is another documentary I have yet to see. I also read the book Pre, great read and I recommend that to anyone as well.

JG7_Rall
01-07-2005, 12:19 PM
Oh yeah, I run for Barnstable High School in MA.

BERNDT79
01-08-2005, 12:56 AM
Rall,

Awesome. I have seen fire on the track, its pretty good. There is lots of rare footage of some banked track indoor meets where pre looks like hes just haulin, unreal. And i think there are interviews with bill bowerman and other close friends and family. But its worth it just for the track footage. Sorry, im sure you will see me on warclouds quite a bit, but my mic has been acting up. I use to run for Grafton High School in Grafton, WI. Now i run track and cc for University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Good to see a fellow runner/flight simmer in the community! Go Pre!

darkhorizon11
01-08-2005, 01:17 PM
Yeah Pre was quite the runner. Today Kenyan's seem to dominate long distance running, but Pre was the kind of guy that didn't run for a time as much as he did just to beat records and individuals. It would be interesting to see how he would stack up if was in his prime today.

Yes, your not the only runner. I ran cross and both track seasons from my sophmore year in high school in RI. Then I got hurt and missed my senior XC season. But made captain for track. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I still run occasionally to keep in shape today!

JG7_Rall
01-08-2005, 02:17 PM
Wow, I'm so happy to find some more runners on these forums! I guess flying and running possibly have a link? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I'm probably gonna order Fire on the Track soon, a bit low on cash though, so it'll have to wait http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif.

JG7_Rall
01-08-2005, 02:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by darkhorizon11:
Yeah Pre was quite the runner. Today Kenyan's seem to dominate long distance running, but Pre was the kind of guy that didn't run for a time as much as he did just to beat records and individuals. It would be interesting to see how he would stack up if was in his prime today.

Yes, your not the only runner. I ran cross and both track seasons from my sophmore year in high school in RI. Then I got hurt and missed my senior XC season. But made captain for track. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I still run occasionally to keep in shape today! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, even though Pre's times have been beaten, many new runners today are still compared to him. I think there was just something about him that made people love him, on and off the track. Oh well, its a shame he's gone. Long live Pre http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

MOhz
01-08-2005, 02:38 PM
hey everyone, I myself forgot about this post... But I am glad that I started such a delightful conversation. I did look up Pre.. under google, but did not see the connection between Il2 and Pre...lol! I am born in '87 so I am not knowing. But now I have learnt something more; great and thanks!!

JG7_Rall
01-08-2005, 02:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MOhz:
hey everyone, I myself forgot about this post... But I am glad that I started such a delightful conversation. I did look up Pre.. under google, but did not see the connection between Il2 and Pre...lol! I am born in '87 so I am not knowing. But now I have learnt something more; great and thanks!! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I was born in '88. My XC buds just told me about him http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif