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The GOATS / STEVE PREFONTAINE LAST RACE PROGRAM

Lot 10
STEVE PREFONTAINE: LAST RACE PROGRAM
Ending from 29 September 2022, 13:00 PDT
Online, New York

US$2,000 - US$3,000

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STEVE PREFONTAINE: LAST RACE PROGRAM

A color illustrated program for the NCAA Preparation Meet, Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon, May 29, 1975, the cover featuring a photograph of Steve Prefontaine and Frank Shorter with the caption They meet again tonight in the 5,000 meters
11 x 8 1/2 in.

Footnotes

On the evening of May 29th, 1975 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, many of America's and Finland's best track and field athletes convened for an NCAA Prep Meet. Among them was 24 year old Steve Prefontaine, the country's preeminent long distance runner and 1976 Olympic Gold Medal hopeful. Pre won the 5000 meter race that night, and afterwards attended a party at a fellow runner's home. Shortly after midnight he left the party and tragically was killed in an automobile accident. It was the end of an era.

Credited for helping launch the 1970s running boom, Prefontaine was one of the earliest endorsers of Nike sneakers, which had been co-created by his coach at Oregon, Bill Bowerman. Since his death, Prefontaine's legend has continued to grow, including two excellent biopics depicting his remarkable short life, and the annual Prefontaine Classic Track and Field Event.

Offered is the exceptionally rare fold-out program to that last race. Picturing Prefontaine on the cover, it is considered one of the Holy Grails of ephemeral running collectibles. Interestingly, the program also mentions pole-vaulter Tinker Hatfield. Hatfield would go on to work for Nike as the lead designer of Air Jordan sneakers and other innovative shoe designs.

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