After growing up as a soccer player/multi-sport athlete I finally found my passion for the sport of running in 2014 during my Sophomore year of college and this is my story! My name is Grayson Murphy. I currently reside in my beautiful mountainous hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. I graduated from the University of Utah in the spring of 2018 with my B.S. in Civil Engineering in addition to being a 5x All-American at the NCAA D1 level. In July of 2018, after graduation from the University of Utah, I signed my first professional contract with NAZ Elite and moved to Flagstaff to begin my career as a professional runner. After 1 year with the team, I decided to move back home to Salt Lake City to pursue my professional career further. In October of 2019, I signed a long-term sponsorship agreement with the incredible support of Saucony which will allow me to #RunForGood and pursue my running dreams on the trails and roads.
Running is one of the simplest things I can think of, I try to keep it that way and have fun doing it while enhancing the running community with being vulnerable and positive throughout my journey.
Grayson ran her first race as a post-collegiate athlete at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships where she finished seventh place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. She then finished second in each of her first two professional road races–the Deseret News 10k in Salt Lake City and the Great Cow Harbor 10k in Northport, NY. She kicked off 2019 with a 21st place finish at the USATF Cross Country Championships and earned a spot on the U.S. Team at the NACAC Cross Country Champs where she finished 6th. She opened her spring season with a huge personal best (32:28.09) in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Moving into more of a road focus, she finished the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler 2019 in a time of 54:33 and as the 6th American woman. In her first ever trail race in June 2019, she finished runner-up to Olympian Morgan Arritola at the Cirque Series- Brighton race. In the fall of 2019, Grayson collected wins at the Hobbler Creek Half Marathon, Cirque Series- Sun Valley, and Huntsville Half Marathon (where she also recorded her downhill 1/2 PR of 1:12:19). Grayson also took second place in a time of 3 hrs. 41 min. at the Bridger Ridge Run in Bozeman, Montana where she and the 1st place finisher both broke the previous long-standing course record. In September of 2019, Grayson won her first USATF National Title as the 2019 U.S. Mountain Running Champion. Grayson finished up her short but sweet 2019 trail running campaign as the 2019 World Mountain Running Champion as well as the XTERRA Trail Run World Champion.
Grayson set school records in the 1,500 and the 3,000 meter steeplechase at Santa Clara University before transferring to the University of Utah for her final two years of eligibility. There, she finished 53rd at her first NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2016 and then finished eighth a year later. On the track, she finished 15th and 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000 meters. Outdoors, she was fifth and sixth in the Steeplechase at the NCAA Championships.