Thursday, January 24, 2013


Tomorrow is the 62nd birthday of an icon in the Americn distance running world: Steve Prefontaine. For those of us old enough to remember his career, he was a dogges competitor who eptitomized the phrase, "leaving it all out on the track."

He blazed the running trail for all of us. He was one of the architects of the 'Running Boom' of the 1970s. He died, tragically, in 1975, at the age of 24.

Prefontaine had many legendary quotes, but this particular one sums up what most of us feel as runners.

"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 than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative."