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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 than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races?
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • Something inside of me just said 'Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,' and I just took off.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
    (Steve Prefontaine)


  • A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • Most people race to see who is the fastest, I race to see who has the most guts.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • You have to wonder at times what you're 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 down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • I run to see who has the most guts.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • What I want is to be number one.
    (Steve Prefontaine)

  • I'm 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.
    (Steve Prefontaine)


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