Inspired by my first weekend of track season racing (blog to follow tomorrow) in which I found myself leading both of my races, I feel particularly inspired by this awesome video of American athlete Tom Byers who was a pretty decent runner in his own right, but never consider a “big fish.” Due to his lack of credentials he was denied entry into the race itself but was offered an opportunity to pace the race as a rabbit for a field containing world record holder of the time Steve Ovet. Also among the field were legendary milers Steve Scott, John Walker, Steve Cram and Thomas Wessinhage. So on that fateful 1981 day in Oslo the gun went off and although Tom found himself at the back of the pack for the first 200 meters he quickly shot out in front to make a race out of it. Unfortunately Ovet and the others decided they would rather make a tactically slow affair out of this 1500m and elected not to go out with the pacemaker Byers. By 800 meters the camera crew had decided to ignore Tom’s pacemaking all together and for a while they focus solely on the tactics of the main group as if they were the only men in the race. Things turn into a hilariously awesome panic with one lap to go when everyone realizes that Byers didn’t step off the track like he was supposed to and had inadvertently opened up a 60 meter gap on the field. Ovet tries to make up for lost ground with a big kick but its not enough to track down the American. Ovet ran the final quarter 9 seconds faster than Byers but it didn’t matter because the moment was already his.
Nike Pre Montreal Racer ‘Bull’
Steve Prefontaine’s vintage running shoe is making a comeback reppin’ the classic Bulls colors. The red and black color combo displays the bold ferocity of the US track legend as well as a nice cool contrast with the royal blue interior. The sole’s are in a classic 1970’s style, resembling tire marks, making it easy to grab the ground while having a sprint.