Rob Murphy

Manatee River Run

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Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010



Goal Type:


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: 29.55 Month: 99.65 Year: 1606.09
Race: Manatee River Run (5 Miles) 00:30:41, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 1
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You're looking at the RRCA Florida State Grand Masters 5 mile champion!!!!!!!!

Seriously, a pretty good race today. Left moms house around 6 am for the hour plus drive down to Manatee County for the Manatee River Run 5 Miler. It's half road, half windy trail through a bunch of swamps. Was already up to 72 degrees and super humid at the race time. Super humid for this Utahan anyway.

Came through the first mile in 6:00 in about 10th or 11th place. Caught two high school kids the second mile to move up to 8th and one more just before mile four. I finished seventh overall, one place behind the masters winner, a 47 year old dude from Switzerland. Thought I might catch him but his daily sprints up and down the Matterhorn just made him too tough. Still, they had this nifty "Grand Masters" category which is apparently me! So I got a nice medal.

The trails were slow, but fun. I was actually missing them when I was on the road portions of the course.

Splits were 6:00, 6:16, 6:06, 6:09, 6:07.  I'm ok with that. Haven't raced since August. I felt fairly strong the whole distance and it was just good to get out there and mix it up some.

I was a little bummed to see that I ran 29:28 here in 2009 a few weeks before I joined the FRB. I suppose I'm getting slower.

Andy ran the kids race and did awesome finishing 2nd overall and getting a medal too.

Stopped at Steak and Shake on the way home. Don't have them in Utah. Double Steakburger w/cheese, fries, strawberry shake.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Vis on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 11:37:34 from

Congratulations. We always knew you were a champion, and now there's proof. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

From MarkS on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 11:50:25 from

Congrats on a great race!

From Jason D on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 13:26:04 from

That's a solid effort, Rob, especially in humid conditions and unpredictable ground. I think if you look at your training in 2009 it was quite different. Good work for Andy too.

From jtshad on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 15:13:54 from

Congrats on a great race. Hope you are having a good time.

From Steve on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 21:53:22 from

Great run! Miss you guys!

From Tom K on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 07:56:01 from

Great race! Dadgum Out of towners come down here and win our races, consarnit! I wish I knew you were running this! It is @ 1/2 hour north from me.

p.s. Switzerland is in St. John's County, just south of Jax.

From steve ash on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 08:10:54 from

Great performance Rob. I was thinking man I hope to run that well in my 50s. Very cool.

From Bret on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 12:40:35 from

Nice race Rob. Even though I live in FL for years, I have never heard of that race - and am amazed that you ran it twice in the last 5 years! Congrats to Andy too.

From Redd on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 17:38:19 from

Nice Rob! You're down in my families vacation neck of the woods. You should have made the trip down to Siesta Key!

From Cody on Sat, Jan 03, 2015 at 11:52:11 from

Congrats! Nice racing but that steakburger sounds better!

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