Learning From the Greats — Steve Prefontaine

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Who has not heard of “Pre”?

No offense, but you are in the severe minority if you’ve never heard of the great Steve Prefontaine; and because of that, I won’t go into much detail on who Steve Prefontaine is, and what he accomplished in his very short career during the 1970s.

But, I will tell you what I learned from “Pre”…GUTS and GRIT.

No, I never watched “Pre” race in person…he died (way too early) eight years before I was born…but I’ve seen and heard enough to know that Steve Prefontaine embodied those two words…GUTS and GRIT.

One of the many quotes you might have heard or seen from “Pre” is this one:

“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.”

THE DUDE WAS STRAIGHT GUTS. And more than anything I take from “Pre” is this. He wanted to WIN. He didn’t care about times. He didn’t care about splits…at least not after he matured as an athlete…HE WANTED TO WIN. And I think to do that, you have to have a good load of GUTS and GRIT.


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