Steve Roland 'Pre' Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 May 30, 1975) was an American middle and long-distance runner. Prefontaine once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. Prefontaine died at the age of 24 in a car accident. Prefontaine, Frank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers generated considerable media coverage which helped inspire the 1970s 'running boom'. Prefontaine was often known for his mustache and his long locks of hair that parted as he ran. Steve Prefontaine was born on January 25, 1951, in the coastal logging town of Coos Bay, Oregon. His father, Raymond Prefontaine, was a carpenter and a welder after his time serving in the U.S. Army in World War II. Steve's mother, Elfriede, worked as a seamstress. The two returned to Coos Bay after Ray had met Elfriede in Germany while serving with the U.S. Army occupation forces.
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