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Steve Prefontaine Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

— Steve Prefontaine



Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Don’t let fatigue make a coward out of you.”

Don’t let fatigue make a coward out of you.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”

Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.”

The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else.”

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”

Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.”

A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “What I want is to be number one.”

What I want is to be number one.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “No matter how hard you train, Somebody will train harder. No matter how hard you run, Somebody will run harder. No matter how hard you want it, Somebody will want it more, I am Somebody.”

No matter how hard you train, Somebody will train harder. No matter how hard you run, Somebody will run harder. No matter how hard you want it, Somebody will want it more, I am Somebody.

— Steve Prefontaine



Steve Prefontaine Quote: “I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.”

I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “I can endure more pain then anyone you’ve met. That’s why I win, because I can endure more pain.”

I can endure more pain then anyone you’ve met. That’s why I win, because I can endure more pain.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.”

A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”

You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “You said I was weak. You said I couldn’t do it. Thank you. You gave me everything I needed to prove you wrong.”

You said I was weak. You said I couldn’t do it. Thank you. You gave me everything I needed to prove you wrong.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.”

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “What I like most about track is the feeling I get after a good run.”

What I like most about track is the feeling I get after a good run.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “What kind of crazy nut would spend two or three hours a day just running?”

What kind of crazy nut would spend two or three hours a day just running?

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Running gives me confidence.”

Running gives me confidence.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “A race is a work of art.”

A race is a work of art.

— Steve Prefontaine



Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Something inside of me just said ‘Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,’ and I just took off.”

Something inside of me just said ‘Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,’ and I just took off.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “If you can’t win your race, make sure the guy ahead of you breaks the record.”

If you can’t win your race, make sure the guy ahead of you breaks the record.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “I run to see who has the most guts.”

I run to see who has the most guts.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Having a true faith is the most difficult thing in the world. Many will try to take it from you.”

Having a true faith is the most difficult thing in the world. Many will try to take it from you.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Every once in a while I think, ‘What am I doing out here running, busting myself up? Life could be so much easier. The other guys are out having fun, doing other things, why not me?’”

Every once in a while I think, ‘What am I doing out here running, busting myself up? Life could be so much easier. The other guys are out having fun, doing other things, why not me?’

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “No one will ever win a 5,000-meter by running an easy two miles. Not against me.”

No one will ever win a 5,000-meter by running an easy two miles. Not against me.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run.”

Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “I don’t just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting.”

I don’t just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “The idea of losing the three at Hayward Field and the idea of losing my specialty to someone who wasn’t running his specialty. Mostly, the idea of losing in front of my people. They haven’t forgotten about me.”

The idea of losing the three at Hayward Field and the idea of losing my specialty to someone who wasn’t running his specialty. Mostly, the idea of losing in front of my people. They haven’t forgotten about me.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races?”

How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races?

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “I’ve been in international competition, and now I know what the big boys can do. You don’t go out and just run. There’s an offense and a defense.”

I’ve been in international competition, and now I know what the big boys can do. You don’t go out and just run. There’s an offense and a defense.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Nobody likes tainted victories.”

Nobody likes tainted victories.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “Kids made fun of me because I was a slow learner, because I was hyperactive, because of a lot of things. Running gave me confidence.”

Kids made fun of me because I was a slow learner, because I was hyperactive, because of a lot of things. Running gave me confidence.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “My philosophy is that I’m an artist. I perform an art not with a paint brush or a camera. I perform with bodily movement. Instead of exhibiting my art in a museum or a book or on canvas, I exhibit my art in front of the multitudes.”

My philosophy is that I’m an artist. I perform an art not with a paint brush or a camera. I perform with bodily movement. Instead of exhibiting my art in a museum or a book or on canvas, I exhibit my art in front of the multitudes.

— Steve Prefontaine


Steve Prefontaine Quote: “As far as being a coach, it’s always fascinated me. It’s a greater responsibility than most people give it credit for because you’re dealing with people.”

As far as being a coach, it’s always fascinated me. It’s a greater responsibility than most people give it credit for because you’re dealing with people.

— Steve Prefontaine

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