Steve Prefontaine

He was the man who gave his all to each race. The rebel from a working-class background, a guy full of cockiness and guts, who didn’t want to just go out there and run, but to give people watching something exciting.

“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,” he once said.

Steve Prefontaine, or just Pre as he was called, never lost a college race in the 3 miles, 5,000 meters, 6 miles, or 10,000 meters, and once held the American record in seven different distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters.

Source: http://news.nike.com/news/40-years-of-prefontaine & http://www.distancerunning.com/inductees/2000/pre.html