A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding.

- Steve Prefontaine

Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

- Steve Prefontaine

If he's having a good day and running the right race, nobody can beat Frank Shorter at 10,000 meters... nobody except me.

- Steve Prefontaine

I've been in international competition, and now I know what the big boys can do. You don't go out and just run. There's an offense and a defense.

- Steve Prefontaine

No one will ever win a 5,000-meter by running an easy two miles. Not against me.

- Steve Prefontaine

When people go to a track meet, they're looking for something, a world record, something that hasn't been done before. You get all this magnetic energy, people focusing on one thing at the same time. I really get excited about it. It makes me want to compete even more. It makes it all worthwhile, all the hours of hard work.

- Steve Prefontaine

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

- Steve Prefontaine

Every once in a while I think, 'What am I doing out here running, busting myself up? Life could be so much easier. The other guys are out having fun, doing other things, why not me?'

- Steve Prefontaine

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

- Steve Prefontaine

Kids made fun of me because I was a slow learner, because I was hyperactive, because of a lot of things. Running gave me confidence.

- Steve Prefontaine