This section includes medals he won during his career and the pair of spikes he wore when setting an American record for the 5,000 meters at Hayward Field. During his brief 24-year lifespan, Steve Prefontaine grew from hometown hero, to record-setting college phenomenon, to internationally acclaimed track star. At no place is the celebration of Steve Prefontaine and his story more personal than in Coos Bay, Oregon, where he was born in 1951 and discovered his gift for running fast and far as a student at Marshfield High School. In his four years at Oregon, Prefontaine never lost a collegiate (NCAA) race at 3 miles, 5,000 meters, 6 miles, or 10,000 meters. In the 1970s, athletes who wanted to participate in the Olympic Games were required to remain amateurs, making it difficult but necessary to train at their sport and earn a living doing something else. [6] His father, Raymond George Prefontaine (November 11, 1919 – December 21, 2004), was a welder after his time serving in the U.S. Army in World War II.

I guess I underestimated the strength of Viren and Gammoudi, and Stewart was way too good for me at the end. [28], Prefontaine's body was buried in his hometown of Coos Bay at Sunset Memorial Park. [38] The rock (44°02′36″N 123°03′18″W / 44.0433°N 123.0549°W / 44.0433; -123.0549) is a mile (1.6 km) due east of Hayward Field, just across the Willamette River from the east end of Pre's Trail. University of Amsterdam Press, 2008", "Wilkins wins at Toronto; Pre 11th at Helsinki", "Wottle (3:53.3) still king of the milers", US National Championships results Men's 5000 m, 1969 Men's NCAA Cross Country Championships results, 1970 Men's NCAA Cross Country Championships results, 1971 Men's NCAA Cross Country Championships results, 1970 NCAA Men's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships results, 1971 NCAA Men's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships results, 1972 Men's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships results, 1973 Men's NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships results, Oregon School Activities Association 1965 State Cross Country results, Oregon School Activities Association 1966 State Cross Country results, Oregon School Activities Association 1967 State Cross Country results, Oregon School Activities Association 1968 State Cross Country results, Oregon School Activities Association 1968 State Track and Field results, Oregon School Activities Association 1969 State Track and Field results, University of Oregon Athletics: Steve Prefontaine, bio & pix, US National Championship winners in Men's 5000 m, 2 miles or 3 miles, 1972 United States Olympic Trials (track and field), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Steve_Prefontaine&oldid=985129495, Athletes (track and field) at the 1971 Pan American Games, Athletes (track and field) at the 1972 Summer Olympics, Olympic track and field athletes of the United States, Oregon Ducks men's track and field athletes, Pan American Games gold medalists for the United States, Pan American Games medalists in athletics (track and field), Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from May 2017, All articles needing additional references, Articles lacking reliable references from June 2019, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, American record, broken by Duncan Macdonald, August 10, 1976, American record, set in the first six miles of his 10,000 m record run (below), American record; set American 6 mile record (26:51.4) en route, Final race and 25th straight win in a distance over a mile, Oregon State Track and Field Championships.

Following his collegiate career at Oregon, Prefontaine prepared for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.