Running Legends Steve Prefontaine and Bill Bowerman Honored at COOS Bay Ceremony

Distance Running Standout and Long-time Nike Executive Rudy Chapa

To Highlight Nike's Support at Track Rededication



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Nike

    COOS BAY, Ore., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of their new Nike
 Grind all-weather running track, Marshfield High School will hold a dedication
 ceremony to officially open the Prefontaine Track, named in honor of the high
 school's track legend.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990818/NIKELOGO )
     Former University of Oregon distance running standout and long-time Nike
 Executive Rudy Chapa will attend the rededication in honor of Prefontaine
 (Pre).  Chapa broke Pre's American 3000m record in 1979 while running at the
 University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
     Legendary runner Steve Prefontaine attended Marshfield High School in
 Coos Bay, where his outstanding distance running broke records that remain
 today. Prior to his tragic death, Pre owned every American running record from
 2,000 Meters to 10,000 Meters and two miles to six miles. Throughout his
 running career, his coaches included Bill Bowerman, Bill Dellinger and Walt
 McClure.
     Along with the support of several other donors, Nike led the way in
 bringing the new track to Coos Bay. Looking to strengthen and grow youth
 participation in track and field, Nike provided funding through the Bowerman
 Track Renovation Program. In honor of Bowerman and his contributions to
 running, a plaque will be presented to Marshfield High School signifying
 Nike's support of the school's running program.
     Nike established the Bowerman Track Renovation Program in 1999 as a
 tribute to legendary running coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman for his
 lifetime contributions to the sport of running. The Program provides
 matching cash grants to community-based, youth-oriented organizations that
 seek to refurbish or construct running tracks. Nike is contributing $1
 million to the Bowerman Track Renovation Program for the refurbishment or
 construction of youth-oriented track and field facilities around the world.
     **Nike Inc., headquartered in Beaverton, OR, markets its products in more
 than 100 countries and is the world's leading sports and fitness company.
 Further information can be obtained at www.nikebiz.com.
 
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    COOS BAY, Ore., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of their new Nike
 Grind all-weather running track, Marshfield High School will hold a dedication
 ceremony to officially open the Prefontaine Track, named in honor of the high
 school's track legend.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990818/NIKELOGO )
     Former University of Oregon distance running standout and long-time Nike
 Executive Rudy Chapa will attend the rededication in honor of Prefontaine
 (Pre).  Chapa broke Pre's American 3000m record in 1979 while running at the
 University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
     Legendary runner Steve Prefontaine attended Marshfield High School in
 Coos Bay, where his outstanding distance running broke records that remain
 today. Prior to his tragic death, Pre owned every American running record from
 2,000 Meters to 10,000 Meters and two miles to six miles. Throughout his
 running career, his coaches included Bill Bowerman, Bill Dellinger and Walt
 McClure.
     Along with the support of several other donors, Nike led the way in
 bringing the new track to Coos Bay. Looking to strengthen and grow youth
 participation in track and field, Nike provided funding through the Bowerman
 Track Renovation Program. In honor of Bowerman and his contributions to
 running, a plaque will be presented to Marshfield High School signifying
 Nike's support of the school's running program.
     Nike established the Bowerman Track Renovation Program in 1999 as a
 tribute to legendary running coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman for his
 lifetime contributions to the sport of running. The Program provides
 matching cash grants to community-based, youth-oriented organizations that
 seek to refurbish or construct running tracks. Nike is contributing $1
 million to the Bowerman Track Renovation Program for the refurbishment or
 construction of youth-oriented track and field facilities around the world.
     **Nike Inc., headquartered in Beaverton, OR, markets its products in more
 than 100 countries and is the world's leading sports and fitness company.
 Further information can be obtained at www.nikebiz.com.
 
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