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article imageReview: 'Fire on the Track' details the life story of Steve Prefontaine Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 14, 2018 in Sports
Coos Bay - "Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story" is a compelling documentary on the life and accomplishments of the late American runner Steve Prefontaine, who had passed away at the age of 24.
The documentary was directed by Erich Lyttle and it was produced by Scott Chambers. Ken Kesey, the author of the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, served as the narrator. It features interviews with such distinguished individuals as Phil Knight, the CEO of Nike, comedian Dana Carvey, photographer Brian Lanker, author and journalist Kenny Moore, coach and long-distance runner Alberto Salazar, marathon runner Frank Shorter, middle-distance runner Mary Decker Slaney, friend and Olympic gold medalist discus thrower Mac Wilkins, as well as Prefontaine's sister, Linda Prefontaine.
His story was made into two feature films, Prefontaine starring Jared Leto in the lead role, and Without Limits, where Billy Crudup portrays Steve Prefontaine.
"The Pre Classic" meeting takes place every year, in May, in memory of Prefontaine at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, which is a part of the IAAF Diamond League.
For anybody who is unfamiliar with Steve Prefontaine, especially millennials, Fire on the Track is a great way to learn more about the life story and legacy of this decorated athlete. It will sustain the viewer's attention for its entire 58-minute duration, and it is a must for track and field fans.
Earlier this year, in March, Prefontaine was posthumously inducted into the National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame, along with such iconic athletes as the late Jesse Owens, among others.
In his hometown, Coos Bay, Oregon, the "Tour de Pre," continues to this day. His sister, Linda, gives a tour of the bay area (including the dunes and beaches), where sports fans can visit the track where Prefontaine's athletic journey began. They can also explore the Prefontaine Gallery, as well as the places where he ran and trained, as well as his final resting place.
For more information on "Tour de Pre," check out the official homepage.
Mural in memory of Steve Prefontaine in Coos Bay
Mural in memory of Steve Prefontaine in Coos Bay
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