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Nike's 47th Prefontaine Classic Kicks Off Today

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It’s a big day today in Nikeland as The 47th Nike Prefontaine Classic kicks off today. Having been around since 1975, the event takes place at the iconic and newly renovated Hayward Field through tomorrow. Building on the success of last year (which was the first year of competition in the new facility), Hayward Field is considered by many to be the “finest track and field facility in the world.

Furthermore, the classic, which is named after the legend Steve Prefontaine, is the premier track & field meet in the US and part of the Wanda Diamond League, the annual worldwide series of elite track and field athletic competitions. It is the only professional T&F Diamond League event in the United States. 

Ahead of the event, we spoke with Olympic Distance Runner Cooper Teare, Atlanta Track Club’s Allie Wilson, and two-time Paralympic medalist Hunter Woodall on how they have been preparing for the tournament.

ONE37pm: Thanks for chatting with us guys! I’ll start by asking how you’ve been preparing for the tournament so far.

Allie: I’ve been training for a long time both outdoors and indoors. I did have a little injury while training but it’s been okay! I’ve just really been focusing on my fitness and health as this is something I’ve wanted for a long time. This is actually my first time running an 800 since the Olympic Trials. I’m grateful to be here!

Cooper: This is personally my best training block I feel in terms of my transition from college to pro. In the past I had trouble putting together good blocks of training because I had to focus on school and other things like that. To have a Diamond League here in America is a huge opportunity, and I actually get to be home with it being in Oregon as well which is cool because I get to start my professional career with this pre-classic. I’ve been working with my buddy Cole as well on training. It’s been fun!

Hunter: Right now I’m really starting to get into speed and competition. I’m working on the 200s today. My main goal at the moment is just to stay healthy. That’s the biggest thing.

ONE37pm: Cooper this question is for you. I heard you had a very interesting race. Could you tell us more about that?

Cooper: Yes this particular race was one of those very few times where you can call something life-changing or a big turning point. Ironically enough it was my last collegiate race which made it a bittersweet moment, and something happened to me that had never happened before.

I didn’t go into the race thinking I was going to win, but I knew I had to win. I literally dragged myself across the finish line, and it was the hardest I have ever pushed myself. That race showed me a lot about who I am, and it gave me confidence. As an athlete, you have to have the ability to learn how to mentally get yourself to the next level.

You can keep up with Allie, Cooper, and Hunter via their Instagram accounts.

Okay, it's spotlight time!

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