Rob Murphy

Dino Half Marathon

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Salt Lake City,

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 with running, explore more trails, stay healthy.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running and racing consistently for as long as I can. Find what is sustainable for me over the long run.


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

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Miles:This week: 47.00 Month: 190.05 Year: 1136.29
Race: Dino Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:21:47, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
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I ran the Dino Half Marathon in Vernal this morning. Completely spur of the moment. I was sitting at my desk yesterday morning and got the urge to race. So I consulted the Salt Lake Running Company race calendar and came up with this one. Registered, made reservations at the spiffy Comfort Inn Vernal and left after work. Got to the "expo" at the Spring Hill Suites (too pricey for me) and then went to eat. Happy to discover that Vernal has a brewpub downtown. Had a Vernal Cheesesteak (I won't say Philly) and some sweet potato fries along with a large pale ale.

Up at 4:30, caffeinated, showered, ate a pro bar and a banana, and headed to the bus pick-up area. Nice charter busses, not school busses. Sat next to a lady in her 30s who was super excited for the race and obviously very proud of herself for running it which halped me with perspective and gratitude. Starting line was in a beautiful area of Dinosaur National Monument. Plenty of pop's, hot chocolate, drinks and Gu's at the start.

Had a nice group of runners for the first 3 or 4 miles before all but one dropped off. I ran conservatively at first and thin settled into a 6:05 to 6:15 pace for the middle miles. Felt really comfortable aerobically but my legs definitely felt my lack of road running and anything other than slow miles the past couple months. Never came close to struggling - my slowest mile was 6:25 and I finished in 1:21:47. Good for 5th place. Plenty of Great Harvest bread, chocolate milk, and entertainment at the finish. Appreciated not having to wait around forever for the awards.

Nice to meet Kenny (formerly "Kenny the Apache" here on the blog). Kenny finished 2nd today in 1:19. He seems like a great kid and has a ton of enthusiasm for this sport. Happy to hear he's going to Utah State in the fall.

Great race!

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From Jason D on Sat, May 12, 2018 at 11:57:13 from

Good running! That lean body mass helps.

From jtshad on Sat, May 12, 2018 at 16:42:19 from

Great time and sounds like a fun race. Congrats!

From Kenny the Apache on Sat, May 12, 2018 at 20:15:48 from

Awesome race Rob! It was really cool to meet you at this race. If you are ever in Vernal, we should meet up for a run.

From BeetLover on Sat, May 12, 2018 at 21:13:14 from

Nice race

From Donald Davis on Sun, May 13, 2018 at 06:52:27 from

Well done, Rob. Kudos for the spur-of-the-moment race decision! I am not sure I would have the guts to do that, and still race well.

From Bret on Sun, May 13, 2018 at 13:17:09 from

Nice one Rob - I love the "spur of the moment - I just feel like racing" - idea. Sounds like you had a lot of fun.

From Blake Bennion on Sat, May 19, 2018 at 01:40:43 from

Way to go!

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