The Last Appointment of Steve Prefontaine


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On May 30, 1975, Steve Prefontaine cancelled his last haircut appointment at the Red Rooster Barbershop in Eugene, Oregon. He promised to come in the next day, but he died that night. The missed appointment may sound like a trivial fact that has little to do with running, but David E. Graf went to find out more by interviewing the shop's barber.

The barber he interviewed, Pete Peterson, told a story that was as much about Pre's running as it was about his hair. Watch the story in the Runner's World video posted above.

—Joe Spring