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50 Years of KEZI 9 News: The Legend of Steve Prefontaine

December 2, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. — If anyone can be credited with making Eugene “Track Town U.S.A.”, it’s Steve Prefontaine.

And it’s amazing he accomplished so much in such a short time.

He was the running world’s James Dean.

He was a bit of a rebel, but also supremely talented.

The kid from Coos Bay set the track world on fire in the 1970s.

Though Pre had shown early promise as a high school runner, he didn’t make his mark until he started running for Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon.

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