Cathie Twomey Bellamy - Oregon22 Heritage Trail Plaque
Eugene OR 97401
Cathie Twomey Bellamy won gold in the 1984 World Cross Country Championships held in Meadowlands, New Jersey. She was an All-American runner at the University of Minnesota, and a charter member of their women's Hall of Fame. She qualified for four Olympic Trials and three U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials finals, along with winning the indoor national championship in the mile and setting a world best at 20 kilometers in 1982. She joined Athletics West, a Nike athletics team based out of Eugene from the 1970s through the '80s. After retiring from active competition she remained in Eugene, married Register Guard sports editor Ron Bellamy, and started a family. She continued to stay active in running, coaching at both Marist High School and Sheldon High School, volunteering at many track events, and establishing the premiere Eugene Running Club. Today she manages the tasting room at Silvan Ridge Winery, so it's not a surprise that the Silvan Ridge Twilight 5K has been a popular event for a decade. An Oregon22 Heritage Trail Plaque in her honor has been placed at the Amazon Trailhead. In honor of the first World Athletics Championships in the United States, the Oregon22 Heritage Trail celebrates 22 of Oregon’s iconic track and field stars with commemorative plaques developed by the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA). The plaques are located in the athletes’ hometowns or at locations meaningful to the athletes. Oregon22 Heritage Trail plaque eligibility was based on four criteria: achieving global medal status, no doping violations or connection to doping, retired from professional competition, and a resident connection to Oregon before or beyond college competition. The eight women and 14 men selected to be part of the Oregon22 Heritage Trail have combined for nine Olympic gold medals, four Olympic silver medals, eight Olympic bronze medals and numerous indoor and outdoor World Athletics Championships medals. Goodwill Games medalists and World Cross Country Championships medalists are also being honored.