Name: Rita Murphy
Where were you born and raised? Flagstaff
When did you begin running? Ran a little in high school, sprints and hurdles. In college I started running long distance.
How did you get started running? Always been into exercise. I ran at Scottsdale Community College for a semester on their long distance team. Later a couple of friends of mine got me started doing long distance. They had me training for the LA Marathon, I was not able to run the marathon because on one of our long runs I was hit by a truck and was out of running a couple of months.
Favorite distance to run: Half Marathons, not too short and not too long
Favorite race: So far it has been the Boston Marathon, but I enjoy all races. I enjoy being around all the positive people. No matter what race it is people are so nice.
Favorite Track N Trail event: Do not really have a lot of time right now to attend a lot of events because my kids keep me pretty busy. I enjoy anything to do with the group. They are all so positive and friendly. Amazing group, feel lucky to be apart of it.
Favorite place to run: Love running near any beach or water.
Favorite Quote: “ Don’t judge people you never know what kind of battle they are fighting”.
Favorite Song to Listen to while running: Any fast beat music, just enjoy listening to music.
If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? I would love to run the New York Marathon, but I love to run anywhere as long as I can run.
Other Hobbies: Love being on the beach, spending time with my family and friends. And or course running!
Advice for new runners: Never give up. Does not matter how fast or far you run, it is all an accomplishment. Running is the best medicine for anything life brings you.