Long-distance runner who competed in the marathon at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, finishing fourth in the latter.
He attended the University of Oregon, where he was a standout runner.
He set a record by winning the longest footrace in the world - the Bay to Breaker's - six times in a row.
He was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon.
He has had a successful writing career, and wrote the screenplay for "Without Limits," a movie about his fellow Oregon alum Steve Prefontaine .