Margaret Johnson Bailes is the only Olympic gold medalist who grew up in Eugene. She is also the first Black female inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. Margaret ran track at Jefferson Middle School, now the Arts and Technology Academy (ATA) and later at Churchill High School. Her records still stand for the 100-meter and 200-meter. In the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City at age 17, Margaret ran the second leg on the 4x100 meters relay that set a world record. A new track at ATA was laid in 2009, along with a Nike-sponsored surfacing that included recycled running shoe soles. At that time it was named in her honor. A visit to the middle school track is also a stop on the Strides for Social Justice app.
Margaret is listed in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
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.