This movie covers the running career of Steve “Pre” Prefontaine, one of the premiere distance runners in the early 1970s. From his years with Coach Bill Bowerman (co-founder of Nike) at the University of Oregon to his 5,000 meter race at the 1972 Munich Olympics to his tragic death in a car accident before the 1976 Montreal Olympics, this movie captures Prefontaine’s attitude of testing the human spirit. A few items that stand out from the movie:
- The beginning of the movie with the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” translated as faster, higher, stronger.
- Prefontaine remains the 5,000 meter 19 and under American record holder at 13:39.6.
A must watch movie for those who enjoy the competitive side of running.