The Spirit of Pre Lives On…

The Olympic trials have just wrapped up in Tracktown USA. The athletes ran, they jumped, and they threw their way into representing the United States in Rio in just a few short weeks. There was no better place for these athletes to be inspired to compete than Eugene. There is a rich history of great sports legends like Bill Hayward,  Phil Knight, Bill Bowerman in Eugene. However, none are more influential than the great Steve Prefontaine. This is why, as we close a great event, and look toward an even more prosperous U.S. track and field future, we take a moment to reflect on the words of Pre.

Whether you are a spectator or a runner; whether you’ve competed on Hayward Field, or watched from the couch; these words are bound to inspire you to dig deep next time you are thinking about “going for exercise.” Whether you are struggling to get off the couch or struggling to PR in the mile, think about these quotes to keep you mobilized this Monday.

“Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it”

“I am going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.”

“To give anything less than the best is to sacrifice the gift.”

“The best pace is a suicide pace, and today is a good day to die.”

“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.”

“What I like most about track and field is the feeling after a good run.”

“It really gets grim until the competition begins. You have to wonder, at times, what you are doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes back to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”

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