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Steve Prefontaine
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"I am going to try to make it so that in the end it's a pure guts race.
Then I am the only one that can win."
- 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 then just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better then anyone else. It's being creative."
-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

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

"I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting."
-Steve Prefontaine

"Something inside of me just said 'Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,' and I just took off."
-Steve Prefontaine

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
-Steve Prefontaine

"What I want is to be number one."
-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, 'Your too small Pre', 'Your not fast enough Pre', 'Give up your foolish dream Steve'. But they forgot something, I HAVE TO WIN."
-Steve Prefontaine

"A race is like a work of art."
-Steve Prefontaine

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