Rob Murphy

SLTC Winter 15k

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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: 21.25 Month: 131.60 Year: 383.60
Race: SLTC Winter 15k (9.32 Miles) 00:58:44, Place overall: 13, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Today I wrapped up a winter race season of 4 races in 5 weeks with the Salt Lake Track Clubs Winter 15k.

After an easy couple mile warm-up with Justin Park I started conservatively in a pack that included Dennis Simonaitis. So often in these races I find myself running alone in my own personal no-man's land so I was glad to have company. There was a headwind going out so it was nice to be able to tuck in behind some other runners. Wasn't worried too much about pacing - just wanted to be in a good position at the turnaround (4.65 miles) without being in too much pain. There was some pretty intense competition for the Grand Masters title between me, Dennis, and Bill Cobler. As usual, Bill took it out fast but Dennis and I were within 30 seconds at the halfway point. We both picked it up going into the 5th and 6th miles and passed Bill. Then Dennis put in a pretty good surge and gapped me by about 10 seconds. I thought I might be able to catch him the last .3 but ended up in 13th place 6 seconds behind Dennis. Thus, my grand total of career wins against Dennis remains stalled at ONE.

Turns out they do series scoring now for the 5k, 10k, and 15k and I ended up edging Bill out for the Grand Masters championship for which I received a nice award and a nifty Brooks LSD wind jacket/shell. That was cool.

3 mile cool down jog with Dennis after. Nice to chat with him and pick his brain.

Consistent splits of 6:16, 6:13, 6:21, 6:23, 6:16, 6:12, 6:19, 6:20, 6:19, 2:06

This was my 100th race since joining the FRB in 2010.


Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From jtshad on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 15:00:09 from

Great race and good company. Nicely done, champ.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 15:07:52 from

Thanks Jeff!

From Bret on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 16:43:36 from

Well done Rob. Nice report - cool to get the champions award too.

From Vis on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 18:41:53 from

What a studly guy you are!

From Tom K on Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 10:57:37 from

Great race, excellent stuff!

From Martin on Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 11:46:25 from

Congratulations!! Well done!

From Jason D on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 19:59:34 from

Good running, Rob. A jacket is a nice prize too. Congrats. And congrats on your 100 races.

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