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Free Screening of Fire On The Track
In the spirit of the Fun Festival and Prefontaine Memorial Run, the Coos Bay Library will screen “Fire on the Track – The Steve Prefontaine Story” on Friday, September 20th at 7pm. This one-hour documentary was originally broadcast on CBS on June 4th, 1995, and won the 1996 New York Festival World Medal.
“Pre” embodied the spirit of athletic excellence. After setting state high school records here at Marshfield, as a freshman at the University of Oregon he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which hailed him as “America’s Distance Prodigy”. By the time he died in an auto accident at the age of 24, Pre held all 7 American records between 2,000 and 10,000 meters. Off the track, he fought relentlessly for the rights of amateur athletes to prosper for their sacrifices. He captivated the American track public like no other distance runner. Pre narrowly missed an Olympic medal in 1972 and his life was tragically cut short before he could compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Narrated by Ken Kesey, Fire On the Track is the story of this young
man’s life, as told through rare footage and the memories of those who knew him best – his teammates, coaches, family and friends. In-depth footage of the 1972 Olympic 5K final, with comments from Prefontaine’s competitors is included, plus interviews with David Bedford, Frank Shorter, Ian Stewart, Bill Bowerman, Jeff Galloway, Dick Buerkle, Lasse Viren, Dana Carvey, Mac Wilkins, Kenny Moore, Dave Wottle, Alberto Salazar, and many more.Runners and non-runners, locals and visitors are all invited to celebrate our native son. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library. For more information call 541-269-1101.