Grand Marshals announced for Bay Area Fun Festival Parade
This years Grand Marshalls are Frank Shorter and Jay Farr. Shorter won a gold medal in Marathon in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Local businessman Farr was Pre’s team and classmate. He represents the Steve Prefontaine Memorial Run and a contingent of the current Marshfield High School Track Team.
Frank Shorter joins the celebration this weekend to pay tribute to his friend Steve Prefontaine. Shorter was a teammate to Pre on their quest for Gold in Munich. In addition to his Gold Medal, Shorter was a four-time winner of the Fukuoka Marathon (1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974), and he won a Silver Medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Shorter remembers his friend and teammate Steve Prefontaine who died tragically 40 years ago in 1975. Shorter was the last person to share time with Pre moments before the accident that took his life. The Bay Area Rotary Club welcomes Frank Shorter and thank him and Farr for their participation in this year’s Fun Festival.