It’s the location where distance runner Steve Prefontaine died in a vehicle crash on a hairpin turn in East Eugene back in the Summer of 1975. Now known as “Pre’s Rock” the memorial has been closed by the City of Eugene for Safety Improvements through December. When it reopens, the 1.3 acre memorial park will have an expanded sidewalk and viewing area. Prefontaine, a Marshfield graduate, Coos Bay native, died when his MG flipped on the curve and pinned him underneath. He was headed to a celebratory party following a track meet at Historic Hayward Field.