Rob Murphy

Pine River Summerfest 5k

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Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010



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Running Accomplishments:

I had some success in high school and college. Winner 1985 Rod Dixon Run 

Had a fair amount of success as a Masters runner for most of my 40s. 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Have fun, not get fat, stay fit.

Long-Term Running Goals:

 Keep running in some fashion.


I teach AP European History and other courses at Alta High School. I coached the track and cross country teams at Alta for 16 years.

Married, two kids - Abby and Andy

My Twitter  @murphy_rob

Miles:This week: 61.85 Month: 70.10 Year: 1576.54
Race: Pine River Summerfest 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:17:05, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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More to come later...just have a second now. But a dude pushing a kid in a baby jogger beat me.

OK, so I'm here in Ann's hometown of Pine River Minnesota and the annual Summerfest is going on culminating in today's 5k race. I was hoping to win and looking around at the starting line I noticed only one guy that looked like he might give me a hard time. But when we lined up he had his 18 month old son in a baby jogger so I was even more confident.

So the gun goes off and we're running into a pretty good headwind. I tucked in behind a couple guys from the local cross country team that, like all high school guys, were probably going out too fast. After about a half mile it was just me and Baby Jogger Dude with him maintaining about a ten second lead on me. Every time I'd start to close the gap he'd look back and pick it up a bit. I figured at this point that the guy was quite a bit better than me and was running just fast enough to win. We came to about a mile long section of rocky dirt road and I was hopeful that it might really slow down the baby jogger. No luck, but the guy was pulling me to a pretty decent 5k time.

Mile splits were off the whole way (.93 on my garmin for the first mile). By mile 2 I was sure the course was going to be about 2.96 miles. However, when I got to the 3 mile marker I could see the finish line up ahead and it was the longest point one in history. Turned out to be .21! So the course turned out to be almost exactly 3.1. All's well that ends well.

I'm pretty happy with the 17:05 especially after a 17 miler yesterday and a totally irresponsible, but really fun, 17th Anniversary dinner out with Ann last night. Talked to the guy who won for a while after and it turns out he ran a 15:50 5k yesterday sans baby jogger so I guess I never had a chance.

We are heading down to Minneapolis tomorrow before our flight home on Tuesday. We plan to stop at the boyhood home/museum of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh in the town of Little Falls on the way.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Laputka on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 20:33:36 from

I really enjoyed reading this, what a great little story. Happy anniversary. By the way, you could beat me any day at any distance with TWINS in a stroller.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 20:39:55 from

Thanks.I have to say that it was really annoying me during the race.I don't care how good someone is, it's a bit galling to be running behind a guy with a stroller.

From Jon on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 21:21:48 from

That's an awesome story.

From Bret on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 22:06:06 from

Cool story Rob - I can just imagine your frustration with stroller guy :)

Sounds like you are having a really good time on your trip.

From Steve on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 03:49:37 from

That's a nice 5K time! Smokin! At least it wasn't a girl pushing a stroller.

From Steve on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 03:50:14 from

Or a grandma

From Steve on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 03:50:45 from

Or a girl pushing grandma in a stroller.

From jtshad on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 10:31:15 from

Great time...too bad about the ringer out for a easy run with his kids. Sounds like a fun vacation, have a safe trip back.

17 minutes pushing a jogger on a dirt road...that is impressive. Are you sure you didn't have just a little more in those old legs?

From SlowJoe on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 12:03:51 from

That baby must have had a fun ride.

From Cody on Fri, Jul 01, 2011 at 13:25:43 from

Thanks for the comment. Encouragement does really help. Your times are ridiculous!

From I Just Run on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 00:01:05 from

I couldn't keep up with you or the stroller guy, even with rockets on my shoes...but I did have to chuckle at your race report :-)

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