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Pre lives; the best reads and videos on his 40th anniversary

Prefontaine’s last race

An in-depth story on both his life and death from US website Grantland. If you read one article on Steve Prefontaine this week, make it this.

What caused Pre’s fatal crash?

The Eugene Register Guard has a fascinating, in-depth piece about the circumstances surrounding Pre’s death earlier this week which examines how drunk he was when he crashed his car and whether there was another car involved. Read it here.

Pre’s family recall the man behind the myth

Runner’s World ran a feature in which Pre’s two sisters and his nephew told some anecdotes about the real Steve Prefontaine, telling how he was bullied as a child and was also a bit of a prankster. The piece includes the story about Pre streaking through his local shopping centre while in college. Read it here.

Weekend watching: get inspired

A compilation of race footage unfortunately set against the backdrop of Coldplay.

Heartbreak in Munich

The final three laps of the 1972 Olympic 5,000m, where Lasse Viren took gold and Prefontaine faded to fourth.

The Steve Prefontaine documentary

An hour-long look into his career and life, featuring many of his best races.

1973 LA Times mile

Featuring a dominant indoor sub-4 win from Prefontaine and a post-race interview


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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
His banter levels are often poor, occasionally exceptional.

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