I still remember the first time I heard the name Steve Prefontaine. It was the first day of my junior year of high school and I had just turned in my summer training log to our team’s cross-country coach. My coach reviewed my training log and exclaimed,
“967 miles?”! “Geez! You’re like Springville’s own Prefontaine.”
“Who is that?” I replied.
My coach gave me a puzzled look and said “Seriously? A kid that just ran 967 miles in 12 weeks doesn’t know who Steve Prefontaine is? There is a book about him. You should read it. I’m pretty sure you will love it.”
That night, after practice, I sat down at my family’s computer and typed Steve Prefontaine and book into the search bar of this new thing called the Internet. The first result was a link to the book Pre: The Story Of America’s Greatest Running Legend by Tom Jordan.
I jumped into my car and headed to Barne’s and Noble to see if they had the book in stock. I was in luck. The book had recently been reissued due to a surge in interest surrounding Prefontaine due to the recent 20th anniversary of his tragic death. I turned the book over to read the synopsis on the back cover and the quotes beneath the short synopsis jumped off the page at me.