Perceived by some to be in Eugene's (Shelbyville) shadow, Springfield hasn't always had its due credit. Turns out that Springfield may also have a rival claim with Eugene as the birthplace of Nike. The waffle sole that made the shoes revolutionary was likely perfected in a Booth-Kelly lumber mill workshop.
And legendary runner Steve Prefontaine actually lived in a trailer right here in Springfield. Olympians Maria Mutola, Annette Peters and Bill Dellinger also lived in Springfield.
Track star Nick Symmonds certainly claims Springfield as his neighborhood, and has established the first ever straight 800 meter road race right through downtown.