‘Steve Prefontaine Memorial Run’ in Coos Bay – consider The Mill Casino RV Park in North Bend


RVPark_MillCacino_Bay_JulianneGCraneIf you are heading to the annual Steve Prefontaine Memorial Run in Coos Bay, Ore., in September, consider The Mills Casino only a couple of miles up Hwy. 101 in North Bend.

The Mill Casino offers a full-hookups RV Park on the bayfront. There are 102 level sites, including 65 slanted, 68-foot pull-throughs. Standard rate is $35. AAA and AARP discounts.

MillCasino_JulianneGCraneIf the RV Park is full, the casino offers overnight dry camping in a very large flat parking area for $15. For that fee, RVers have access to the restrooms with showers, laundry and water. There is also a 24-hour shuttle service to North Bend and Coos Bay.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, marked the 36th annual Prefontaine Memorial Run that honors the short life and brilliant running career of Coos Bay native Steve Prefontaine.

“During his brief 24-year lifespan, Prefontaine grew from hometown hero, to record-setting college phenomenon, to internationally acclaimed track star.” He ran in the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich, however, died in an automobile crash in 1975, before he could race in the 1976 Olympics. “Pre has become the stuff of enduring legend,” states PrefontaineRun.com.

steve-prefontaineThe 36th Memorial Run hosted famed American distance runner, 1972 Gold Medal Olympian Frank Shorter, during the Fun Festival weekend.

Shorter participated in the 10K Prefontaine Memorial Run and was the Grand Marshall of the Fun Festival Parade, which is themed “Legend Steve Prefontaine – Born to Run.”

There was also a Fun Walk being held in conjunction with the 10K run. Walkers have their choice of walking the entire 10K route or the shorter 2-mile course. For information on future runs, call Bob Huggins, 541-297-0230, or go to PrefontaineRun.com.

For more information on what to do in the area, click on the item posted on RV Short Stops:  Coos Bay, Oregon — ‘Beautiful bay, lush forests, mighty Pacific Ocean’ and ‘Pre’

— Julianne G. Crane

Photos:  (Top and middle) The Mill Casino and RV Park (Julianne G. Crane). Bottom: Steve Prefontaine “Pre Lives” (NikeRunning.com)

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