Race Preview: 37th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run in Coos Bay on September 17th, 2016

The 37th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run will celebrate the running legend on Saturday, September 17th for an OSAA-sanctioned 5K Run (high school competitors), 10K Run and a 2-Mile Fun Walk in Coos Bay. High school competitors start at 9:45am and the top three teams will earn a trophy. Everyone is invited to run the 10K at 10am, wheelchair participants start at 9:50am. The 10K costs $30 through September 13th and $40 from September 14th through race day. The 2-Mile Fun Walk is $15 and starts with the 10K at 10am. Day-of-registration is available until 9:30am on race morning. This run is chip timed and includes a Prefontaine Memorial Run shirt, plus it runs along the same streets Steve Prefontaine trained on.

The course will be closed to traffic during most of the race and will re-open by 11:45am. It takes advantage of one of Steve Prefontaine’s favorite training routes and promises a challenge. With rolling hills, the course begins near the monument bearing his name in downtown Coos Bay, travels west along Ocean Boulevard and passes the Prefontaine family home. The run will finish at Marshfield High School with the track named in his honor. Split times will be called out at miles one, two, 5,000 meters and five miles. Water stations will be scattered throughout the course. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division for the 5K and 10K. The awards ceremony will be held on the Prefontaine Track, close to the finish line.

Prefontaine left his mark in the running community and in Coos Bay, where he grew up. Make a weekend of it and check out the the Coos Art Museum and its Prefontaine Memorial Gallery with a collection of Steve Prefontaine’s awards and memorabilia. The Prefontaine Memorial Run is a great excuse to get away for a weekend and celebrate the running legend. Steve Prefontaine had a charisma and appeal that no one has been able to replicate. People who watched him run on Hayward Field swear that the clouds parted when he stepped on the track. He was one of the first employees of NIKE, couldn’t be stopped on the University of Oregon track and paved the way for amateur athletes to make a living and run. Celebrate the life of Steve Prefontaine and the town that has kept his spirit alive with the 37th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run on September 17th.


37th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run 5K/10K/2-Mile Walk

Saturday, September 17th

Downtown Coos Bay (Anderson and 4th)

  • 5K High School Competition 9:45am
  • 10K Run 10am
  • 2-Mile Fun Walk 10am

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