We have some long bus rides in South Dakota, as the two major population centers (where the bigger track meets or cross country races take place) are 5+ hours apart, so there's plenty of time for movies. I've seen it my civic duty to show running-related movies, one of which has always been, "Prefontaine".
If you're unfamiliar with the movie, "Prefontaine" is a biographical film that tells the story of Steve Prefontaine, a legendary American distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. The film chronicles Prefontaine's rise to fame as a young athlete in high school and college to the Olympics and his untimely death at the age of 24 in a car accident.
The film is based on the book, "Pre" by Tom Jordan and it's my personal favorite in the Prefontaine vs Without Limits battle.
As much as I loved the Pre movies and books, I don't know if the story resonates with the current crop of young runners like it did me. In my high school days, I used to be so motivated and inspired by watching Prefontaine (or Without Limits or Fire on the Track) the night before races that I could barely sleep. I was ready to make people bleed and run my last mile in under four minutes.
Now, I don't know if Pre is fading away, but to play it safe, here are some examples of propaganda to help keep Pre alive with the current generation of runners,
Prefontaine (1997) - Directed by Steve James, starring Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, and Ed O'Neill.
Without Limits (1998) - Directed by Robert Towne, starring Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, and Monica Potter.
Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story (1995) - Directed by Erich Lyttle and Bill Siegel.
Oregon Running Legend Steve Prefontaine by Paul Clerici
1972: Pre, UO Track, Nike Shoes and My Life with Them All by Steve Bence and Bob Welch
Steve Prefontaine- Rocketman by Linda Prefontaine and Bree Donovan.
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