Prefontaine is known as one of the world’s greatest long-distance runners. His success is attributed to his steadfast determination, training work ethics and his front-running style. When he was off the track, Pre was friendly to everyone, however he was the fiercest of competitors while on it.

Mike chose to place Pre on the track approaching the Bowerman curve, with his focus set on the finish line. As the whole world was under lockdown, in September 2021, Mike continued sculpting the Prefontaine Tribute in clay.

“Pre is just beginning to show his attitude, in his face and in his running form. It was a lot of work to get to this stage – now the real fun begins, I worked on pulling in the deep Prefontaine spirit and his attitude about life. Now the lump of clay begins to become Steve Prefontaine.”

Mike Leckie