The popular run got its start when a group of Coos Bay citizens decided it was time that Steve Prefontaine’s hometown did something to honor its favorite son. A commemorative monument was placed adjacent to the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, displaying a bronze likeness of Pre and a list of all his American records held at the time of his death in May 1975. Nearby, at the Coos Art Museum, the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery holds the permanent collection of Steve’s awards and memorabilia, as well as numerous photographs highlighting his illustrious running career.
The Prefontaine Memorial Run has established the reputation of being a well-organized race catering to the needs of the runner. It is the showpiece of the Bay Area Fun Festival, a two-day community celebration offering events for the entire family.
Come join us on September 16th, 2017 for the 38th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run–and stay for the entire weekend. You’ll enjoy all that the South Coast has to offer.