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"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift." Steve Prefontaine

"How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life people have been telling me, 'You're too small Pre', 'You're not fast enough Pre', 'Give up your foolish dream Steve'. But they forgot something, I HAVE TO WIN." Steve Prefontaine

"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself." Steve Prefontaine

"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.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative." Steve Prefontaine

"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it." Steve Prefontaine

"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." Steve Prefontaine

Pre thought the real purpose to running wasn't to win the race. He thought it was to test the limits of the human heart. No one did it more. No one did it better. Bill Bowerman

"Running Won't kill you...You'll pass out first" Motto of the U.S. Army