- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
This was the 37th year of this memorial race for legend Steve Prefontaine. The Coos Bay local was on his way to becoming one of the very best runners in the world until his life was tragically taken too soon.
This race was very special in many ways. I was excited to be a part of a historic area and it was nice that this small town seemed very proud of their own!
There was no expo.. absolutely zero. Packet pick-up was quick and easy, but the only thing to pick up was a shirt and bib... no other goodies in the plastic bag.
Race parking was pretty simple. Lots of people out and about and it was awesome to see their support out there. There were approximately 700 participants competing so not too big, but not so small that it is boring.
The race itself was HILLY! and I mean really hilly!. This was my first race that had so many brutal hills, and it was only a 10K. There was one called Agony Hill, that was 3/4 of a mile long.... just a steady beast of a hill.
The view was pretty nice if you took out the distractions of the hills. There were lots of trees and it was cloudy and moist out. It made for a great race. The AID stations were plentiful and the volunteers did a great job either handing water or spraying us down with hoses.
The finish was cool... right into Prefontaine's high school track, with tons of spectators cheering us on. They had the football team and the cheerleaders out in full force. They were handing out tons of water post race, but no snacks.
They had a timing company printing results in real time and handing out small receipts with our info on it. I thought that was a cool memento.
Unfortunately.... no medals.... I was bummed about that, but I was in historic place with some emotions going on, so just being able to race there made it worth it. The bib will be good enough for me.
If you are any kind of runner, and know the historic significance of Steve Prefontaine, you need to do this race.