27 Dec '13, 3pm

What Happens to Items Left at Pre's Rock?

Every other week, Emily Aune visits a boulder in thick woods alongside the curve of a road near the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. Aune is part of a steady pilgrimage of people who make their way by car or foot to this nondescript place. But unlike them, she’s not there to leave important relics of their lives—singlets, running shoes, finishers’ medals, bib numbers, personal letters. She has come to take them away. Aune is a park specialist for the city of Eugene who tends to Pre’s Rock, the site where Olympian Steve Prefontaine died at 24 when his 1973 MGB convertible crashed into the ledge. That makes her one of many people who care for a growing number of places that have become shrines to runners. “People leave things for a reason, and we want to honor that wish,” Aune says. “But they need to get picked up eventually. It pretty much stays there until it disintegra...

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