Rob Murphy

August 08, 2020

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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
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Twelve point five miles at Jeremy Ranch with Jake and my team. 

I had the team start out with an easy two followed by three miles tempo and then seven easy. Kramer ran the tempo in 15:55. Not bad on a hill course at altitude. He's ready for state.

This is a really cool youtube video for you track history junkies. Super high quality audio and video for 1969.

I have a question. Why are the NFL and college football so obsessed with breast cancer? You know, with the pink shoes and helmets, and uniforms every single year? I'm just wondering because football is a game played exclusively by men and it's audience disproportionately male. 

Why not focus on prostate cancer? It kills almost as many people as breast cancer does. I don't know this for sure,but I'll bet that men are far less likely to get regular colonoscopies than women are to get mammograms. It seems to me that the NFL could be far more effective on that front.

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From Rob on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 13:53:11 from

Thanks for the video, very cool. I've wasted the last hour watching old track videos. But I do like your new history class format.

I've wondered about the breast cancer thing too. Why do they specifically have breast cancer awareness? But I thought bringing up the question would be sexist and get me in trouble. I think the football players just want an excuse to wear pink.

From Jake K on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 13:58:41 from

From Rob on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 14:07:03 from

Well we all know if any NFL players ever start doping that will put an end to their little cancer awareness ploy anyway.

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 14:08:39 from

Interesting Jake. Thanks.

From Jake K on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 14:11:38 from

I love when guys in the NFL get a 4 game suspension for "ADHD medicine" or something like that. It must be the code word for "massive amounts of HGH and steroids"

From Teena Marie on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 18:37:50 from

Hmmm ... interesting question, esp. since I have a father who was one of the youngest diagnosed men with prostate cancer in Utah and who has already outlived the predictions but is not doing well and has suffered greatly.

I don't know the answer but a couple of thoughts that come to mind:

1. Although death rates are similar, I am pretty certain that I read somewhere that the mean age of death due to breast cancer is much younger than the mean age of death from prostate cancer. That may have something to do with it.

2. Perhaps the breast cancer awareness groups are super on top of effective advertising and good at getting funding. After all, didn't Estée Lauder start the whole thing?

(Although the U has done a lot of prostate awareness the past couple of years, at least on campus, with the whole Movember theme. Perhaps students just love to grow mustaches! :))

From Jake K on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 18:59:30 from

I think it realistically has to do with increasing exposure and building fanbase. Both prostate and breast cancer are worthy causes - but only men get prostate cancer, and men are already NFL fans. Promoting breast cancer awareness crosses over to a different fan group demographic (who buy things) and from a PR standpoint, it looks good.

From Teena Marie on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 19:06:35 from

Good point, Jake.

All I know is that I HATE CANCER (like the rest of the world).

From Jon on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 19:19:57 from

Good points, rob. The pink is a bit much.

From Teena Marie on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 19:39:57 from

I actually LOVE seeing the pink! :)

At least they are promoting something other than concussions.

And as someone who has lost loved ones from both breast cancer as well as prostate cancer I am a fan of anything that helps in the fight of either of them! :)

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 19:47:11 from

I don't have a problem with it. I just wonder if the NFL would have more of an impact with prostate cancer. What you said earlier is true Teena - the breast cancer folks have their act together.

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