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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review
The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine
By Tom Jordan

I knew Steve Prefontaine was a running legend. I knew he was revered by those who ran with him and those who saw him run.  I knew he died in a car crash at the age of 24.

I vaguely remembered his name and his competing in the Olympics. I learned why he was so revered.

There were two quotes in the book that summed up how Prefontaine running:

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

“Some people create with words, or with music, or with 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.”

The quotes perfectly the way he approached running. He gave his running everything he had.  He electrified crowds with his intensity. He would regularly fill stadiums. He was idolized in his home state of Oregon.

For five years no one could beat him at any distance over a mile.  Author Tom Jordan chronicles his rise from humble beginnings from Coos Bay, Oregon through every one of his races.

Drawing on those who knew Pre as he was called, he draws a complete picture of an athlete with incredible, desire, energy and discipline. Jordan interviews the athletes like Frank Shorter who trained and competed with him.  Pre has left a legacy that still continues to inspire runner’s years after his death.

Pre filled stadiums with fans to see his races, but saw little financial benefit because he ran in an era with strict amateur rules. He brought attention to the problem that helped change the system, so that runners could train and still support themselves.

You also learn about the side of this athlete that few knew, such as the running program he ran in an Oregon prison or the work he did with school kids.

Jordan has written a compelling book about a life that sadly ended way too soon.


Author at Aquathlon National Championship 2014 El Reno, Oklahoma

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 163 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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