"Scott Murr Furman University"

Dr. Scott Murr, Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Department joined the Furman faculty in 1998.

After graduating from Furman in 1984, Scott Murr spent 8 years in the fitness industry working as a YMCA Fitness Director, Corporate Fitness Specialist, and Exercise Testing Director/Consultant. Scott’s interest in endurance exercise led him to graduate school in 1992. After completing his Master’s degree at Slippery Rock University, Scott continued his graduate studies at the University of Georgia, where he completed his Ed.D. in Exercise Science in 1997. Prior to returning to Furman in 1998, Scott was an Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies at Anderson College.

In addition to teaching in the Health Sciences Department, Scott served as the Director of the Furman Fitness Center and Aquatics for 15 years. During his tenure as Fitness Director, Scott was involved in the $10 million renovation of the Physical Activities Center which was completed in 2009. He currently instructs HSC 101 Wellness Concepts, HSC 230 Analysis of Human Performance, HSC 331 Analysis of Cardiovascular Function and HSC 332 Practicum in Exercise Testing.  Scott is also the Director of the Molnar Human Performance Laboratory. Scott continues to actively promote healthy living on Furman campus and the throughout the Greenville community. Scott currently serves as the advisor to the Furman Triathlon Club. Scott is also a contributing writer for PACE magazine, the local running magazine.

Scott is co-founder of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST) and is the Training Performance Director of FIRST.  FIRST promotes running as a healthy physical activity by providing training based on scientific principles and research.  Scott is co-author of Runner's World Run Less Run Faster (2012) and Runner’s World Train Smart, Run Forever (2017).

Scott Murr is a 35 year veteran in the sport of triathlon and has been running marathons even longer. Scott did his first marathon in 1982, his first triathlon in 1984 (alongside his Furman mentor Dr. Sandy “Optimal Man” Molnar), and his first ironman distance race in 1988. From marathons to cycling centuries to triathlons, Scott has competed in over 300 endurance events. Having competed in Ironman Europe, Ironman Canada, Ironman USA, and the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona Hawaii, Scott is a 12 time Ironman Triathlon finisher.

Scott Murr, a native of Thomasville, N.C. and his wife Leslie Fraser, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, reside in Greenville. Leslie is also a 1984 Furman grad and is a retired Systems Analyst from Fluor Corporation. They have two teenage children who keep them quite busy.​

Name Title Description

HSC-101

Wellness Concepts

Wellness concepts which promote lifetime fitness and healthy lifestyle habits. Topics include: aerobic and muscular conditioning, nutrition, and medical aspects of fitness. Participation in activities to develop cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.

HSC-230

Analysis of Human Performance

Laboratory techniques for the assessment of the anatomical, cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular and anthropometric components of human movement with an emphasis on the underlying physics and physiology of human motion.

HSC-331

Cardiovsclr Fnctning Analysis

Concepts and laboratory experiments concerning the mechanisms by which the human body functions Special reference to the effects of acute and chronic exercise. Not open to freshmen.

HSC-332

Graded Exercise Test Practicum

Practicum experience in laboratory for assessing cardiac and respiratory function, exercise capacity, body structure and composition via techniques of electrocardiography, impedance cardiography, spirometry, graded exercise testing, anthropometry, densitometry, etc.

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  • Pierce, B., & Murr, S., Train Smart, Run Forever, Rodale Books,  publication date, April 14, 2017.
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  • Pierce, B., Murr, S., & Moss, R. Run Less Run Faster, revised edition, Rodale Books, publication date, April 12, 2012.
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  • Pierce, B., Murr, S., & Moss, R. Treine Menos, Corra Mais,(Portuguese translation of Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster), Brazil, Editora Gente, 2009.
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  • Pierce, B., Murr, S. & Moss, R., Lauftraining Mit System, (German translation of Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster), Aachen, Germany: Meyer & Meyer, 2008.
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  • Pierce, B. Murr, S. & Moss, R. Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster, Rodale Books, publication date, May 15, 2007.
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  • Pierce, B., Moss, R., & Murr, S. and McCauley, M. “Three Days to Faster Running,” Marathon and Beyond, January/February, 2007

The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World and many other newspapers and magazines across the country.

ARTICLES IN LOCAL MAGAZINES

                                       
Mindful Running is Healthy Running  PACE magazine January 2019
Introduction to the Determinants of Endurance Exercise  PACE magazine March 2019
The Considerate Runner  PACE magazine June 2018
The Ups and Downs of Running  PACE magazine March 2018
Analysis of Running Dynamics; Planning for 2018  PACE magazine January 2018
The Forgotten Phase of Marathon Running Pace magazine September 2017
10k Training Plan PACE magazine January 2017
Ditch Your Watch and Become a Better Runner PACE magazine March 2016
Heart Rate Based Training:  The Twilight Zone? PACE magazine August 2015
Summer Running    PACE magazine June 2015
Tracking your training   PACE magazine August 2014
5 Minutes to Looking Better on Your Next Run  PACE magazine July 2013
Beyond the Swim, Bike, Run.  Tips to a Faster Triathlon GO magazine April 2013
FIRST Running   PACE magazine January 2013
Train Hard (and smart) to Race Faster GO magazine May 2012
Where is Your Fitness Going?  GO magazine March 2012
Not for Beginners GO magazine 2012
Tabata for Fitness  GO magazine 2011
I Gotta GO  GO magazine June 2011
Laying Bricks   GO magazine March 2011
Avoid a Summer Meltdown  GO magazine June 2010
The Quickie Triathlon Training Tips  GO magazine March 2010
Eight Glasses of Water a Day?  Myth Busted  GO magazine 2009
Energy in Your Back Pocket GO magazine May 2009
Train Hard, Eat Smart GO magazine March 2009
Running Down Anemia   GO magazine October 2008
The PF Monster; Don’t Let Pain Hobble Your Running GO magazine February 2008
Cross-training for Fitness GO magazine October 2007
Running Reedy River: 6 Weeks to a 6 Miler  GO magazine January 2007
Heart Rate Based Training  GO magazine October 2006
Injury Proof Your Running for a Pain-Free Season GO magazine September 2006
Murr’s Top Marathon Training Tips GO magazine August 2006
Fat Burning:  Reality or Fallacy GO magazine May 2006
Marathon Training Q&A Your Questions Answered GO magazineFebruary 2006
FIRST’s Top Ten Marathon Race Day Strategies  GO magazine February 2006
FIRST’s Top Five Tips for Marathoners    GO magazine February 2006
FIRST’s Top Five Most Common Mistakes  GO magazine February 2006

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

 
  • "Reliability Between Running Power Meter Footpods During Trials Of Submaximal Running On Three Different Surfaces."  Lee Shearer, Nicholas Hayden, Frank Lara, Mason Coppi, Jake Ogden, Scott Murr, Eric Sobolewski, Randolph E. Hutchison.  Poster presentation, American College of Sports Medicine annual conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.
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  • "Differences In Wearable Running Power On Three Different Surfaces During Submaximal Running."  Mason Coppi, Lee Shearer, Nicholas Hayden, Jake Ogden, Frank Lara, Scott Murr, Eric Sobolewski, Randolph Hutchison. Poster presentation, American College of Sports Medicine annual conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.
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  • "Reliability Of A Running Power Meter Between Trials Of Submaximal Running On Three Different Surfaces."  Frank Lara, Lee Shearer, Mason Coppi, Nicholas Hayden, Jake Ogden, Scott Murr, Randolph Hutchison, Eric Sobolewski. Poster presentation, American College of Sports Medicine annual conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.
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  • “Train Smart, Run Forever” Speed Talk with Dr. Bill Pierce, Furman University Faculty Scholarship Reception, Greenville, SC February 2018.
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  • “White Coats and Endurance Training: A Scientific Approach to Training,” Columbia Triathlon Club, Irmo, SC.  May 2017.
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  • “Swim, Bike, Run: A Scientific Approach to Training,” Community Expert Night, Greenville. SC April 2017.
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  • “From the Lab to the Finish Line.”  Greenville Hospital System Sportmedicine Clinic, Greenville, SC. April 2015.
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  • “White Coats and Rowing: A Scientific Approach to Training,” Clemson Rowing Team, Clemson, SC September 2013.
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  • “Strength Training for Runners,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Adult Running and Learning Retreats (2008 – present).
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  • “Cross Training for Runners,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Adult Running and Learning Retreats (2008 – present).
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  • “Nutrition for Runners,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Adult Running and Learning Retreats (2008 – 2012).
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  • “White Coats and Running: A Scientific Approach to Training,” Greenwood Endurance Team, Greenwood, SC August 2012.
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  • “You Are the Experiment,” Upstate Triathlon Club, Greenville, SC March 2012.
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  • “White Coats and Running: A Scientific Approach to Training,” Upstate Triathlon Club, Greenville, SC April 2010.
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  • “Why Run Today,” Irmo Running Club, Irmo, SC July 2009.
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  • “Choosing Your Marathon Strategy and Race Pace,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, SpinxRunFest Lecture Series; Greenville, SC, October 22-23, 2006.
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  • “On Track for a Fall Marathon,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Marathon Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, August 27 - 28, 2006. 
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  • “Preparing to Run the Marathon,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, June 18 and 19, 2006. SpinxRunFest Lecture Series
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  • “Strategies for Running a Successful Marathon,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, October 9 and 10, 2005 and SpinxRunFest, Greenville, SC, October 29, 2005.
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  • “Preparing to Run the Marathon,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, June 12 and 13, 2005.
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  • “Running, Aging, and Performance,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, March 20 and 21, 2005.
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  • “Run 3 Days and Finish a Marathon,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, February 20 and 21, 2005.
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  • “Setting Goals for 2005,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, December 5 and 6, 2004.
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  • “Training for a Marathon,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, July 11 and 12, 2004.
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  • “Running Performance and Aging,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, June 20 and 21, 2004.
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  • “3-Days a Week to Faster Running,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, February 8 and 9, 2004.
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  • “12-Week Training Program for a 5K,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, January 25 and 26, 2004.
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  • “Beginning a Running Program,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, January 11 and 12, 2004.
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  • “Running Injuries: Prevention and Rehabilitation,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, December 7 and 8, 2003.
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  • “Goal Setting: How to Choose Realistic Goals,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, September 14 and 15, 2003.
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  • “Training for the Marathon,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, July 27 and 28, 2003.
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  • “The Effects of Aging on Running Performance,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, June 22 and 23, 2003.
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  • “Running injuries: Prevention and Rehabilitation,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, May 18 and 19, 2003.
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  • “Racing Preparation and Strategies,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, May 11 and 12, 2003.
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  • “Environmental Factors: Heat, Humidity, Cold, Altitude, Pollution,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, April 27 and 28, 2003.
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  • “Goal Setting: How to Choose Realistic Goals,” Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training Lecture Series, Greenville, SC, March 23 and 24, 2003.
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As Training Performance Director of the Furman Institute of Research and Scientific Training (FIRST; established in 2003 with Dr. Bill Pierce and Dr. Ray Moss), my research interests primarily focus on the variables influencing running performance and thus include:

  • Physiological assessments of human fitness
  • Training and conditioning for all levels, especially new runners and multisport athletes
  • Measurement and evaluation in human performance
  • Factors that affect endurance performance

Most of my efforts and interests focus on running and the concept that runners need to emphasize quality over quantity. Most athletes evaluate their training by the number of miles run (volume), rather than how those miles were run (intensity / quality). An additional component of the research we have done through FIRST is the benefit of cross-training and variety of training.

Our research led to the publication of Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster, which has been a best-selling running book since its publication in 2007. The revised edition of the book was published in April, 2012 and the addition of Runner’s World Train Smart, Run Forever furthers the philosophy of a balanced and varied approach to exercise, fitness and performance.

FIRST has received messages from thousands of runners around the world. Since we 2003, our mission has been to share our findings with runners through public lectures, running publications and running workshops. Hundreds of runners have traveled to Greenville to have their fitness and running evaluated and to learn how to train effectively.

We have appeared at major marathon expos – Boston, Chicago, and New York – describing the FIRST training programs and promoting our books.

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Education
Ed.D.
University of Georgia
M.S.
Slippery Rock University
B.A.
Furman University

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