Rob Murphy

February 06, 2023

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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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Remember the name Larry Waters?

He was a 33 year old truck driver from L.A. who spent a lot of his time sitting in a lawn chair on his back patio wishing he could fly.

Then, one day, he filled 45 Army surplus weather baloons with helium. He attached them all to his lawn chair - the kind with rivets and polyester webbing.

Then he just took off - he took with him a parachute, a CB radio, a 6 pack of beer, several peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a BB gun to pop some of the balloons so he could come down.

Instead of just going up 200 feet over his West LA neighborhood, Larry Walters went up 11,000 feet into the approach corridor of LAX where he was spotted by several pilots. Later, safely on the ground, there was a press conference:

Press: Were you scared

LW: Wonderfully so

Press: Would you do it again?

LW: Nope

Press: Why did you do it in the first place?

LW: Well, you can't just sit there!

A bunch of 90 year olds were surveyed and asked, "if you had your life to live over what would you do differently?"

Three most common answeres - 1) I would reflect more, 2) I would risk more, 3) I would do more that would live on after I was gone

- From today's sermon at Wasatch Presbyterian Church.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Bret on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 14:30:26 from

Great story, but wikipedia reveals a tragic end to Larry Walters 10 years later...

From Rob Murphy on Tue, May 15, 2018 at 06:01:09 from

I saw that :-(

From Jon on Tue, May 15, 2018 at 20:09:03 from

I love that story.

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