When interviewed after his indoor 3:57 at last February's Millrose Games in New York City, Drew Hunter was asked about the meaning the SWHP Track Club singlet. Hunter said the designer, Nick Roche of Portland, won't tell anyone, but that it did have a tie-in to Pre.
On swhptc.com you'll find a little more, but the meaning of SWHP is still a mystery:
Everybody knows the story of Steve Prefontaine. He was more than a runner â€“ he was a rock star. A rebel. Beyond his incredible performances on the track, and his fight for athletesâ€™ rights off of it, Pre had a certain edginess and another side that most people never got to see. Pat Tyson, his college roommate and best friend, got to see that side while living together in the trailer chasing their dreams. Pre's death shook the running community and the entire world in an unprecedented way. Nobody could believe it. For Tyson, the moment changed his life, and he held on to a series of letters Steve had written him over the years. Each letter was followed by a handwritten signature and four letters: SWHP.
Fast forward to 2011. Two other college roommates found themselves under the coaching leadership of Tyson while running at Gonzaga University, and became indoctrinated in the way of Pre. His legacy lived on in their approach to running and competing, but there was a desire to reflect that even more clearly. Thus, SWHP was born. It had modest roots, as unattached athletes began competing under the Pseudo â€œSWHP Track Club.â€ Cutoff T-Shirts evolved into legitimate uniforms, and what was once an isolated identity became a message that needed to be shared with the world. There is only one qualification to become a member of the club: real runners only. Pre wouldnâ€™t have it any other way.
So what is SWHP?
Thereâ€™s only one way to find out. Join the movement.