Rob Murphy

Jupiter Peak Steeplechase

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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: 6.50 Month: 52.75 Year: 1426.25
Race: Jupiter Peak Steeplechase (15 Miles) 02:18:24, Place overall: 30, Place in age division: 2
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I ran about 30 seconds slower than last year bur ran WAY more relaxed and conservatively. Didn't wipe out at all on the downhills. Finished second to Taha in the 50-54.

I had fun today and still felt fresh at the finish.

Splits - 10:40, 10:04, 9:41, 9:30, 11:14, 10:50, 17:26, 11:08, 7:24, 7:14, 6:44, 6:44, 6:58, 6:51, 6:07

The 17:26 split included a mountain called Jupiter Peak. It's rocky, steep, and not really possible to run. You just mostly crawl on all fours. A couple times I almost fell back down the mountain.

I enjoyed driving up with Tayte Pollmann who ended up winning the whole thing in 1:50. Tayte is 18 and just graduated from Brighton High School and I've got to know him this year because he trains with my Alta team sometimes. He's going to The University of Portland in the fall. I think it's pretty unique for a high school kid to win a race like this. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 01, 2015 at 13:24:02 from

Mark - yes, they are mile splits. No need to post an elevation profile after reading them right?

I'm not really sure. Maybe the TOU Half and if things go well maybe a fall marathon if I can work it around cross country meets.

From RileyCook on Sat, Aug 01, 2015 at 16:43:42 from

Well done Rob! I'd like to try that race one of these years.

I think you should do TOU Half!

From Jon on Sat, Aug 01, 2015 at 17:08:46 from

Great job, Rob. Always a fun race. Congrats on the 2nd in age group.

Yes, a teenager winning a trail race is pretty rare, though increasing in frequency the past few years.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 01, 2015 at 17:27:57 from

Jon - Tayte finished 4th at the Wasatch Steeplechase despite a wrong turn. Fritz told me he would have won.

From Fritz on Sat, Aug 01, 2015 at 20:11:57 from

Nice job Rob. That was a quick last mile even with those switchbacks.

Tayte could be amazing at this trail stuff if he sticks to it. Short/light guy with big quads is a good recipe, just like Carpenter and Killian.

From Jason D on Sat, Aug 01, 2015 at 20:19:35 from

Nicely done, Rob. That sounds like a strong time from the winner. I know Blake ran about 2 hours last year but I didn't know there was rock climbing involved.

Utah half sounds good. I was going to ask if there was a half coming up. I noticed you didn't do the Gary Bjorkland (?) half from previous years. If you find yourself in Philadelphia on Halloween, I'm hoping to run a respectable one at Rock and Roll.

From jtshad on Sun, Aug 02, 2015 at 06:20:49 from

Strong race, congrats!

From Teena Marie on Sun, Aug 02, 2015 at 10:00:12 from

If I could say BadA#@ on here I would!! Crazy impressive!!!

That's some serious stuff! Congrats! :-)

From Bret on Sun, Aug 02, 2015 at 11:47:42 from

Great report Rob - crawling on all fours - sounds like a serious challenge! Glad you enjoyed it too.

From Dave Taylor on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 at 14:55:00 from

Hey I think downhill monster passed you on the way down without realizing it :)

Hi Rob

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 at 15:47:56 from

That's right. After you passed me I was hoping you would roll an ankle or something :)

From Dave Taylor on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 at 15:59:12 from

Yep, I just checked the splits. You killed me in the uphill but I picked up almost 2 minutes on the Peak ascent and gained on all the downhill miles. I wish I could climb like you :) I was the guy walking at the start of the single track.

From Jake K on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 at 10:15:13 from

Good run Rob. Always nice to get through a race like this without a wipeout.

From Steve on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 19:54:27 from

You are in a bit of a groove this summer. If you pick a few races carefully for Fall you will have a breakthrough run.

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