Nicholas Symmonds earned the World Athletics Championships silver medal in 2013 for the 800 meters. Born in 1983, Nick is a retired middle-distance track star now residing in Springfield, Oregon. He attended Willamette University and won seven NCAA Division III titles in outdoor track. After college he joined the Oregon Track Club Elite, sponsored by Nike, and won the 800m race in the 2007 Prefontaine Classic. He has competed in that same event at two Olympic Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), finishing fifth in London with a personal best.
After retiring he co-founded Run Gum, a caffeinated chewing gum. He married in 2020 and is an avid mountain climber. The Heritage Trail plaque honoring Nick Symmonds was placed in Springfield's Island Park, a popular park for local runners.
Adjacent to the Willamette River and close to downtown Springfield, Island Park offers a playground, sand area, restroom, open grassy areas and shady trees. Outdoor events and concerts are often held here.
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.