Saturday August 10th, 2019
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS HS - MEMPHIS, TN
Welcome to the 3rd Annual Ed Murphey Classic. We're back in the Birthplace of Rock 'N Roll with an evening of World-class middle-distance running at Christian Brothers High School! We could not have thought of a better way to remember our friend and former University of Tennessee track standout Ed Murphey than to have elite middle-distance runners run these historic marks right here in the Bluff City!
MISSION: The mission of the Ed Murphey Classic is to provide youth athletes in the Memphis area an opportunity to experience a World-class track and field event and have a chance to compete in the same event as elite caliber middle-distance runners from all over the World. Through youth and community races, Memphis athletes can compete in the event in a program scheduled prior to the Professional races. We hope that this unique opportunity will inspire the youth of Memphis to pursue healthy and active lifestyles as they chase their dreams to, one day, also become World-class athletes or performers!
In the last two years the Ed Murphey Memphis Mile featured more than $18,000 in guaranteed prize money for invited elite athletes, including special time bonuses for setting the all-time Memphis and Tennessee-soil Mile records. This year, the event will include 800m, 1500m, and Invite Mile races as we expand the meet to the Ed Murphey Classic.
Last year, Americans Shannon Osika and Eric Avila did not disappoint Memphis track fans as they set both the Memphis and Tennessee-soil all-time records. Osika ran away from last year’s Murphey Mile champ, Canadian Kate van Buskirk, and broke the tape in a blistering 4:25.47 to erase the previous TN-soil record set at 4:30.12 by England’s Barbara Parker at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville back in 2011. Osika’s run was the 18th fastest women’s mile in the WORLD in 2018! On the men’s side, Avila out-leaned a stellar men’s field in a blanket finish to capture the 2018 title with a TN-soil record of 3:55.43. Avila’s time replaced Canadian Nate Brannen’s mark of 3:55.65 set in 2014 in Nashville at the Music City Distance Carnival. We could not have thought of a better way to remember our friend and former University of Tennessee track standout Ed Murphey than to have these elite middle-distance runners run these historic marks right here in the Bluff City!