I‘ve read the book. I’ve watched the movies and documentary. I know how all his races ended. I know how many records he broke. I know how many times he took the lead in Munich in ’72. I know how long that last straightaway was. I know what race he ran and what time the clock said on May 29, 1975 when he brought his People to their feet one last time at Hayward.
I know where it happened. I’ve been to the Rock.
I also know that every time we dig deeper Pre keeps running.
I know that when we rise and stamp our feet and cheer for each other Pre runs harder.
I know that when we believe in ourselves and our fellow runners Pre smiles.
I know that as long as we refuse to give anything less than our best –
and make it a pure guts race –
and make our efforts works of art-
and barrel around corners with our eyes ablaze and our heads cocked to the side always looking ahead –
Pre will live on through us.
Pre inspired us and paced us and cut the wind and took the lead for us.
He did it better than anyone before him and anyone since.
Now, it’s our turn.
Only if you can Stop Us.