Our entry was a finalist among many qualified applicants for the Prefontaine Memorial Competition, hosted by SERA and Portland Track.
A heightened state of euphoria, precarious, yet balanced. The roar of thousands amidst the backdrop of the whispering fir trees. Breaking through lines of expectation and physical limits, she can feel Pre’s glory on the track, if only for an afternoon. Her breathing slows after completing part of the newly designed 26.2 mile route around Eugene. As Pre’s Rock comes into view, she thinks back on the many stone waypoint statues that have guided her to this sacred place. Due to the new Prefontaine Memorial Trail, the previously fragmented pieces of the beautiful Eugene trail system are finally woven into a cohesive whole.
The culmination of her run is this powerful place of repose and memory. A granite form emerging from the hillside ushers her out beyond the crash site into the tree canopy. She places her finishers medal from the first annual Pre’s Marathon on one of the many rock shelves of the monument and peers through the structure over the Willamette River. In the valley below, the silhouettes of runners follow the riverside trail. She measures her steps as she reflectively paces down the curvilinear walkway. Etched into the floating stone masses are names and records from years past, with spaces left for future champions. Hand against the smooth rock, she thinks of the sacrafice, the joy, and the pain that brought her to the finish line. Nearing the end of the straightaway, she pauses and gazes down over the city. The sunlight glistens off the dome of the new Hayward Field Complex as the sun sets over Eugene. The unwavering spirit of Prefontaine echoes throughout the landscape and dwells here amidst the skyline.
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