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Pre's People

Pre's People A grassroots documentary about Steve Prefonaine. Produced by the people of Coos Bay, the people that knew Pre best. After two movies and a documentary about Pre, I decided that there is more to the 'Pre' legacy that needed to be explored for a new generation of runners.

Pre's People is about America's greatest runner's hometown roots in Coos Bay, Oregon. Pre's spirit lives today, this inspirational documentary is testament-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o9SPH-GNu8&feature=g-upl

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The end of summer
09/03/2022

The end of summer

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08/29/2022

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07/28/2022

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07/27/2022

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07/27/2022

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07/16/2022

Oregon’s state motto is, “She flies with her own wings.” To all the athletes pursuing your dreams here over the next 10 days at World Athletics Championships Oregon22, remember that Hayward Field is a place where miracles happen and legends are born. We wish you all the very best of luck!

Photos from Prefontaine Classic's post
07/09/2022

Photos from Prefontaine Classic's post

RIP John. We are glad to have gotten to know you and interview you.
06/28/2022
John Steven Burles

RIP John. We are glad to have gotten to know you and interview you.

November 13, 1947 – June 12, 2022

Go Wildcats!
06/20/2022

Go Wildcats!

Prefontaine Memorial Run returns to Coos Bay in September
05/30/2022
Prefontaine Memorial Run returns to Coos Bay in September

Prefontaine Memorial Run returns to Coos Bay in September

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Prefontaine Memorial Run. The 10,000-meter road run is slated for a 10:05 a. m. start on Saturday, September 17 in downtown Coos Bay. "After a two-year hiatus when the Prefontaine Runs scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pan...

05/24/2022

It’s happening. The ultimate showdown over 100m is set for #PreClassic

🇯🇲 Elaine Thompson-Herah
🇺🇸 Sha’carri Richardson
🇬🇧 Dina Asher-Smith
🇯🇲 Shericka Jackson
🇨🇮 Marie-Josee Ta Lou
🇯🇲 Briana Williams
🇨🇭 Mujinga Kambundji
🇺🇸 Teahna Daniels
🇺🇸 Twanisha Terry

Don’t miss your chance to see the world’s best athletes at Hayward Field this weekend. Tickets at PreClassic.com. See you there.

This is a great Pre story.
05/17/2022

This is a great Pre story.

A GREAT story about the GREATEST American Runner of all time - As told by teammate, and all around good guy, Steve Bence.
The Great Race was an annual fraternity fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy. It alternated Corvallis-to-Eugene in the odd years and Eugene-to-Corvallis in the even years.
The race was timed to finish in the football stadium (Parker Stadium) during halftime of the Civil War. In order to accomplish this all but the last four miles were run on Friday and the race resumed during the second quarter on game day.
In 1974, I was asked to run on the Oregon team by one of my friends in a fraternity. I must have agreed because the race included a few hours on a bus, with sorority girls and beer. It wasn’t a serious race. It was a fun Friday event. There weren’t many rules and we could decide as we went who would run, in which order, and how far.
People started to party as they completed their run. However, I turned competitive as the Oregon State team pulled ahead and their bus disappeared into the distance. I worked out a plan where several of us would rotate running about a quarter mile at a time and we would dramatically increase our pace. It worked. The Oregon State bus came back into view and we gradually reeled them in. By the end of Friday we were 67 seconds behind.
That evening I followed up on the rest of the plan, which was to convince three of my Oregon track teammates to run the last four miles on Saturday with me. I was a 4:02 miler. It was easy to talk my roommate Mark Feig and future Olympian Matt Centrowitz into running. They were both sub-four milers.
I called Pre, a 3:54 miler, to be our anchor leg. He said no. We had a Saturday morning track workout and he didn’t want to run again in the afternoon. I explained that it was a fundraiser, it would finish in the Oregon State football stadium at halftime, he would be our anchor, and I guaranteed that he would be on the winning team.
The race format was confusing to him. I was about to give up when he asked how many teams there were. Just two: Oregon and Oregon State. He then asked who was ahead by 67 seconds. I told him, “Oregon State.”
That was enough for Pre. He agreed to run. There was no way that Oregon State was going to win if he had the opportunity. Oregon football was in the midst of a bad season and was going into the Civil War a heavy underdog with a 2-8 record. Pre loved the thought of Oregon winning a running event in Corvallis, in full view of Beavers fans, and in view of the loser Oregon football team.
Once again, I promised Pre that by the time he received the baton that he’d be in the lead. Mark, Matt, and I would make up the 67 seconds plus more since were running against a bunch of frat guys.
After our Saturday morning track workout the four of us got together and drove to starting point in Corvallis. To my surprise, the four runners from Oregon State were from their track team as well. Their anchor was freshman Rich Kimball, who ran about 4:02 in high school.
Uh, oh.
Pre asked me about my guarantee that he’d have a lead at the handoff. I looked to Mark and Matt, who both offered thumb’s-up. But making up more than 20 seconds per mile proved to be too much.
I watched for Pre’s reaction as he received the baton about 15 seconds behind Rich Kimball. I was prepared for him to refuse to run. Instead, Pre grabbed the baton, glanced my way, flipped me off, and then looked ahead to Kimball. I could tell in his eyes that he was going to run great but I didn’t know if the 15 second gap would be too much, especially after the morning track workout.
Mark, Matt, and I hopped in the car and sped off to the stadium to watch the finish. We had only a few minutes to park the car, run in, and then talk our way onto the field.
The stadium announcer briefly explained the Great Race and directed attention to the end zone where any moment the runners would enter the stadium. No one expected Prefontaine. Yet suddenly, there was Pre bursting through the tunnel about a stride ahead of Rich Kimball.
They both sprinted down the middle of the football field as the teams were preparing to start the second half. There was a murmur in the crowd and the announcement came that Oregon’s Steve Prefontaine was winning the Great Race. He won the approximately 40-mile race by two seconds.
Pre was ecstatic. He was presented with the trophy, which was supposed to go to the fraternity of the winning team.
On the drive back to Eugene, we told the stories of our run. Pre loved beating the Beavers in Corvallis, and he wanted his competitiveness to rub off on the football team. The Beavers beat the Ducks that day 36-16. He probably thought that they were lazy prima donnas, unlike us track guys.
When we got back to Eugene I tried to get the trophy back from him to give to the fraternity. Pre said that it was going on his mantle for a little while and that he’d deliver the trophy later.
A month later, during the Christmas holiday, I went to Pre’s house and noticed the trophy still on his mantle. I told him that I needed to be returned. He said, “Not yet.”
The next spring, on May 29, 1975 to be specific, we had a track meet on a Thursday evening. Pre had trouble relaxing for so many hours before the race so he insisted that Mark, Matt, and I go to his house to play cards. As we prepared to leave, Pre realized that the four of us from the Great Race were together. He grabbed his camera, ran next door to ask his neighbor to take a picture, the four of us stood in his front yard with the trophy. Finally, Pre was then ready to let go of it.
We went to the track meet.
Hours later Pre died.
Months after Pre’s death, someone developed the film in his camera and delivered a copy of the picture, which I forgot existed. It was a wonderful surprise.
I’m not sure what happened to the trophy but I know it meant something to him. Pre was a multiple NCAA champion, American record holder, and an Olympian. Yet winning that race on that day in the manner that he did was a great example of Pre’s character and competitiveness See less
— with Steve Bence.
(*Coach's Note: Pictured are Matt Centrowitz Sr. , Steve Bence, Pre, and Mark Feig).

05/17/2022

Kenny Moore loved to tell about his encounter with fellow Oregon Duck Steve Prefontaine a few minutes after he had finished 4th in the 1972 Olympic Marathon in Munich. Earlier that afternoon Steve had finished 4th in the Olympic 5,000 meter final. Before he could say anything, Steve immediately congratulated Kenny on his fourth-place finish and proceeded to offer an enthusiastic diatribe of reasons why Kenny should be proud of his showing that day. Starting with "you were the fourth-best in the entire world today" and taking off from there. Not knowing Steve's result, during a pause, Kenny asked "how did you do". The indignant reply was, "f***ing fourth."
(*RIP Kenny)

05/16/2022
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Oregon to Arizona #intel
05/05/2022

Oregon to Arizona #intel

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04/25/2022

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04/24/2022

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04/20/2022

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04/13/2022

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1972 by Steve Bence. Just when you think there are enough movies and books about Pre. Well, 1972 is not all about Pre, i...
01/05/2022

1972 by Steve Bence. Just when you think there are enough movies and books about Pre. Well, 1972 is not all about Pre, it's about Steve Bence and his friendship with Pre. I really loved this book, it's a real behind-the-scenes look at Oregon Track, Nike, and the Pre movies. If you have never read anything about Pre, start here with 1972. #prelives

12/19/2021

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Jim Belushi Hires Local Crew
11/20/2021
Jim Belushi Hires Local Crew

Jim Belushi Hires Local Crew

For the 2nd season of “Growing Belushi”, Jim Belushi hired a local Southern Oregon crew for production. Jim says Oregon has his heart and he loves being a part of the community. He also hires all loca...

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10/28/2021

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08/25/2021

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08/21/2021

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Pre Classic Starting Hot With Sha’Carri Richardson
07/12/2021
Pre Classic Starting Hot With Sha’Carri Richardson

Pre Classic Starting Hot With Sha’Carri Richardson

Sha’Carri Richardson leads off the stars lining up for the Prefontaine Classic, and in a rare treat fans can enjoy her electrifying flair twice.

07/10/2021

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06/03/2021
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05/31/2021

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05/07/2021

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Pre's People low budget advertising
04/12/2021

Pre's People low budget advertising

03/30/2021

"We learned this week women are still fighting for their rights as we see the poor treatment of women participating in the NCAA Championship Tournament and I am proud to see Oregon student-athletes lead the charge. Sedona Prince may be Oregon’s new Steve Prefontaine, the iconic runner who advocated for athlete rights in the 70s." -Register Guard.

Karl Smith wins Run of Two Cities
03/29/2021
Karl Smith wins Run of Two Cities

Karl Smith wins Run of Two Cities

Myrtle Point High School cross country coach Karl Smith was the winner of the annual Run of Two Cities, held recently.

02/26/2021
After 10 years, today on Pre's Birthday, we present to you Pre's People. Thank you for your support. Two hours long, so ...
01/25/2021

After 10 years, today on Pre's Birthday, we present to you Pre's People. Thank you for your support. Two hours long, so cook two bags of popcorn. Enjoy the film. http://prespeoplemovie.com/

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In the world of long-distance running, Steve Prefontaine is a legend. Known to his fans as "Pre," his life ended tragically at 24. Producers Travis Johnson, Brad Jenkins, and Phoenix-based Storyteller Productions have released Pre's People a compelling documentary about "the people of Coos Bay, Oregon who shaped Steve Prefontaine" and keep his memory alive. Yesterday would have been Pre's 70th birthday. NINE TRACKS by talented AudioSparx composers were licensed for this great film to supplement the original score by George Whitty. Click here to watch the trailer, to see which composers' tracks are used in the film, and for info on how to watch the entire film on-demand: https://www.audiosparx.com/sa/module/socialmedia/socvid/videos/detail.cfm/socvid_iid.2396
Happy birthday Pre! In honor of what would have been Pre's 70th birthday check out "Pre's People"- a new documentary on iconic long distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Untold stories, unseen photos and film of the legendary runner growing up in his hometown of Coos Bay, Oregon. www.prespeoplemovie.com
A shirt company in England sells these Pre Munich shirts.
Pre lives here.