In honor of National Running Day, I wanted to honor Steve Prefontaine as my #1 motivator and inspiration.
Pre, who hailed from Coos Bay, Oregon, held American records in 7 distance track events. It was his story, as told in the movie Prefontaine, that lit the fire under my butt to keep on running. It is one of those stories that I can watch over and over again whenever I feel the motivation slipping away.
Even though Pre was a middle distance champion, racing at speeds I have and will NEVER see, it was his love of running and his unconventional approach that keeps me connected with his story.
At the Pre's Rock, a memorial stone set at the site of Pre's death reads: