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Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine
Birth: Jan. 25, 1951
Coos Bay
Coos County
Oregon, USA
Death: May 30, 1975
Eugene
Lane County
Oregon, USA

Distance Runner, Athlete. Born in Coos Bay, Oregon, he was a champion runner who held the American record in seven different distance track events. He began running when he joined the high school cross country team in 1965. Going on to be a standout track athlete at the University of Oregon, he never lost a collegiate (NCAA) race at 5,000 meters or 10,000 meters. Plus he set the American record in the 5,000 meter race and won 120 of the 153 races he ran. At the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, he won the gold medal 5,000 meter race and ran for the US team at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Following his collegiate career at Oregon, he set American records in every race from 2000 to 10,000 meters. After an event while preparing for 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, he died at the age of 24 in an auto accident near Eugene, Oregon. Prefontaine's life story was depicted in the films "Prefontaine" (1997), "Without Limits" (1998) and the documentary “Fire on the Track”. He is also a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Raymond George Prefontaine (1919 - 2004)
  Elfriede Anna Marie Sennholz Prefontaine (1925 - 2013)

Cause of death: Car accident 
Inscription:
"PRE"
Steve R. Prefontaine
Jan. 25, 1951 - May 30, 1975
Our beloved son and brother
who raced through life
now rests in peace
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
Coos Bay
Coos County
Oregon, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 20, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5917
Steve Roland Pre Prefontaine
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He shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember him. And we do, dear Pre.
- Suzanne
 Added: Jul. 27, 2017

- Verum
 Added: Jun. 13, 2017

- Tracey Reid
 Added: May. 30, 2017
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