I’m both excited and nervous as I write this blog post because (bright and early) tomorrow morning I’m headed to Portland, Oregon to Nike World Headquarters. I’m excited because I can’t wait to see the Nike research labs and Oregon’s scenery; I’m nervous because, for the three days that I’m there, I’ll be participating in the Nike Zoom Speed Camp as part of the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Prefontaine Classic (taking place May 30-31 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon). That means that from morning until night I’ll be training to improve my speed, with help from Coach Rory Fraser. (Full disclosure: I love to run but speed is not my strong suit. Hence, the nervousness.)
The Prefontaine Classic track and field meet is named for Steve Prefontaine, who at the time of his death in 1975 (at only 24) was one of the greatest distance runners in the U.S. Nike has been a sponsor of the event since 1978.
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