One of the rarest and most sought after Sports Illustrateds in existence. A unique piece from Steve’s freshman year at U of O. The front cover proclaims him “America’s Distance Prodigy.” A big title to live up to; a challenge Steve gladly accepted. Front cover is a picture of Steve running in the hills along a river in Oregon. Inside on page 28 there is a four page article by Pat Putnam entitled: “The Freshman and the Great Guru… Only 19 but blessed with speed, stamina and a canny coach, Steve Prefontaine may turn out to be the best ever.” There are 3 additonal Pre photos within the article with captions: “Prefontaine led midway through the mile,” “Bowerman congratulates 19-year-old Prefontaine following his 3:57.4 mile,” and “Prefontaine obliges autograph-seekers after his dazzling run in Eugene.” The article is mostly about Pre breaking the 4 minute barrier for the first time at the 1970 Oregon alumni meet. The inside pictures are all spectacular, especially the one with Bowerman, I believe Nike actually used it for an ad campaign with their Bowerman line of running shoes. One photo shows Pre signing autographs for kids, and the 3rd (actually the first in the series) shows Pre taking the lead on the third lap. Article also gives some background on Pre, Bowerman’s eccentricities, and the lightning charged atmosphere of Eugene Oregon, track capitol USA. No Pre fan’s collection should be missing this.
As these are one of a kind items they will differ slightly from the picture but rest assured each magazine we sell is in excellent shape. A very inspiring piece, this makes a great gift for a runner (especially a young one). Please ask about availability.