Pre’s Rock Memorial



Origanizers: Portland Track + SERA Architects

Type: Open, ideas, one-stage
Fee: None
24 April 2020 – Registration Deadline
1 May 2020 – Submission Deadline
30 May 2020 – Awards Announced

Gold – $2000
Silver – $1000
Bronze – $500
• Tinker Hatfield – Nike
• Jeff Kovel – Skylab Architecture
• Jeff Roberts – SERA Architects
• Alexi Pappas – Olympic Athlete
• Andrew Wheating – Olympic Athlete
Design Challenge:
Pre’s Rock is a hard-to-find basalt outcropping on a hillside in Eugene, Oregon that was the site of Olympian Steve “Pre” Prefontaine’s death on May 30, 1975.

After a send-off party for the visiting Finnish Nationals track team, Pre was winding through the tight turns of Skyline Blvd. when he encountered another car on the road and struck the outcropping flipping, his MG convertible. He could not be freed in time to save his life,.

In June 2020, thousands of Olympic hopefuls will return to Pre’s home track, the newly rebuilt Hayward Field in Eugene, to compete in the US Olympic Trials for a chance to qualify for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. A select few will make Team USA but nearly each competitor will make a pilgrimage to Pre’s Rock and honor an athlete who exemplified the go-for-broke ethos of champions.

Design competition participants will imagine a memorial for the site of Pre’s fatal car crash that will bring visibility to the location and recognize the legacy and influence of Steve Prefontaine.