Photo credits: Rich Clarkson Photography
Photo credits: Coos County Historical Museum
About this documentary
Steve Prefontaine is perhaps America’s most iconic long distance runner. His success on the track in the late 60’s and early 70’s excels most runners of even today…having set 14 American records and holding seven American records in distances from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Bill Bowerman, his track coach at the University of Oregon once said, “Pre will become the greatest runner in the world.”
Steve, better known as “Pre”, has a following that is legendary. Pre’s energy on the track was symbiotic with his fans in the stands, who chanted “Go Pre!” to propel him to win 120 races. He won 39 of 49 races in high school alone (including international meets). Later in college, Pre became the first person to win four NCAA titles in one event.
These Pre fans are better known as “Pre’s People”, which is the title of our new Steve Prefontaine documentary. “Pre’s People” is not just a documentary about the runner’s accomplishments. It’s about the people of the small, blue-collar town of Coos Bay, Oregon and how his rugged hometown surroundings shaped him.
This documentary will offer an intimate portrait of Steve Prefontaine, as told through Pre’s biggest fans, and will illuminate his enduring popularity years after his death. Pre lives, and Pre’s People is a testament to his legend.