Pre’s Quotes

Quotes from Pre:

How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other, win races? All my life people have been telling me, “You’re too small Pre,You’re not fast enough Pre,”Give up you foolish dream Steve.” But they forgot something, “I have to win.

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More words of his wisdom…

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.

Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.

I’m going to work it out so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.

A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding. Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.” It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.

Photo Courtesy of Marshfield High School/The World Newspaper