>Steve Prefontaine, 1973 indoor mile

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Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.” It’s more then just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better then anyone else. It’s being creative.

~ Steve Prefontaine

Outdoor track season is upon us. The University of Oregon women and men just wrapped up the NCAA Indoor Championship with 1st and 2nd places respectively. Here is Steve Prefontaine (former UofO track team member) in top form against a great group of runners, including Marty Liquori, in an indoor mile. I love the British announcers commentary, and the interview at the end is great too.

I remember seeing Prefontaine run when I was a kid. A gutsy runner if there ever was one.

Here’s Liquori beating Jim Ryun in 1971 in the “Dream Mile”:

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