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One of the fastest American distance runners, tragically died at the age of 25 in 1975. He was sure to be a favorite at the 1976 Olympic games.
by Tim September 30, 2003
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Steve Prefontaine was an outstanding long distance runner. Born on January 25, 1951 in Coos Bay, Oregon. Pre went to Marshfield High School, then in 1969, made the AAU international team. He then entered University of Oregon. Pre ran in NCAA cross-country meets and also in the Munich Olympics. Pre set American records in 2 mile, 3 mile, 6 mile, 2000 meters, 5000 meters, and 10,000 meters. Pre died in a car accident on May 30th, 1975 at the age of 24. Pre was later elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Steve Prefontaines PR's
1 mile- 3:54.6
2 miles- 8:18.4
3 miles- 12:51.4
6 miles- 26:51.4
2000 meters- 5:01.4
3000 meters- 7:42.6
5000 meters- 13:22.2
10000 meters- 27:43.6
I loved watching Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits.

Why the hell did you run here so fast? Who do you think you are?? Prefontaine?
by brek June 29, 2005
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One of the greatest American distance runners of all times, but also one of the most overrated distance runners of all times. His philosophy of being a front runner and running his hardest in every race sure was inspirational, but was also totally impractical. It is the reason why he never medaled at the Olympics. However, other runners, like Sebastian Coe, Wilson Kipketer, and Hicham El Guerroj are commonly overlooked because of Pre's antics. One of them being grabbing an opposing team's "Stop Pre" shirt, wearing it, and running around the finish line like and idiot saying "Stop Me." Oh yea, on top of never medaling in the Olympics, he died because he had too much to drink and drove right into a bloody boulder. A true American hero.
Person 1: Prefontaine was the greatest runner ever! Ya!

Person 2: No he wasn't he was just endorsed by Nike, he was really just a big idiot who overshadows the TRUE greatest runners of all time.

Person 1: O RLY!? Like who?
Person 2: Sebastian Coe, Roger Bannister, Wilson Kipketer, Hicham El Guerroj, David Wottle, etc. etc. etc.
by preisnotalegend January 13, 2008
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Soemtimes referred to as "runner runner" in poker. This occurs when you have the other player dominated, and he draws out the turn and the river to beat you.
My pocket Aces were good, until some donkey called me with 74 of spades, and caught a spade on the flop, a spade on the turn, and a spade on the river. Big surprise I got prefontained again.
by FrankieY January 11, 2008
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