Liberty Inspection Group - September 2019

An Homage to Running’s Greatest Athlete Chris Earley’s Bookshelf

As any runner will tell you, half the battle in the race is getting the motivation to continue. That’s why when Steve “Pre” Prefontaine’s empowerment and running style hit the mainstream, thanks to his stellar performance in the 1972 Olympics and world events leading up to the big races, it fueled a renaissance for running. Pre’s style and the tragedy that cut his career and life short are the basis for “Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine” by Tom Jordan. Published in 1997, this book is timeless, especially for runners. Pre began his lustrous career in Oregon, and at a young age, he became the first person to win four NCAA titles in one event. He set American records, was vocal about a new standard in athletics, and became an inspiration to aspiring runners year after year. In fact, in Pre’s time, runners didn’t earn the same amount of money and prestige as other athletes. Throughout his training, Pre lived in poverty, despite shattering records on every stage. Pre’s “maverick” style and dedication to the sport contributed to the running explosion of the 1970s and 1980s. But his career and the subsequent possible records he could have achieved were cut off when he was killed at the age of 24 after crashing his car. What he could have been and what running could become because of his dedication remains unknown, but the short-lived legacy he did build continues to run through each race athletes compete in. "Liberty is always my 'go-to.' As an agent, I have a lot of need for a great inspector, and they are at the top of my list. They are always accommodating to my clients' fluctuating schedules, they take their time and explain everything to them, and they get us the report right away. Liberty Inspection Group is the best!" OUR CUSTOMERS SAY IT BEST

For an avid runner and athlete, “Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine” was like a gospel that added more fuel for my running passion. Pushing yourself beyond the limits you mentally set for yourself and beating your previous time is an ultimate high, and to read about one of the sport’s first “greats” was truly amazing. I would highly recommend this book for any athletics fans who enjoy a story of shattering expectations and defining dedication. Learn more about the book on, and purchase it through

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