The Low-Down on Duncan Murrell
Duncan started running because his junior high cross country coach – Mr. Sipe — was really cool and really good at coaching and motivating. Duncan was always better on the track than he was on the trails, but his love of the team made him stick with cross country through high school, and he’s been a competitive track and cross country runner since 1980. He’s a Level 2 USATF endurance coach and has coached three USATF and AAU all-Americans in cross country and track, and half a dozen national medalists. He’s the men’s distance coach at Green Hope High School, a professional writer, and a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine.
What Duncan Coaches:
Distance Running, Marathon and Half Marathon Training, Youth Running
Napping, collecting t-shirts, making memes.
Top Songs On His Playlist:
“Adagio for Strings,” Samuel Barber; “Waiting Room,” Fugazi; “Bring da Ruckus,” Wu-Tang Clan; “Friday I’m in Love,” The Cure.
The very first Marine Corps Mud Run at Camp Pendleton. That one was gnarly.
Qualities Duncan Admires In His Students
A willingness to shake off failure, laugh, and keep going.
Defining Moment in Duncan’s Career
The first time an athlete came to me after practice and sincerely thanked me, though the workout had been really, really hard. I thought, “Maybe there is some good I can do in the world.”
The Best Part About Being A Without Limits Coach
The collegiality of both the athletes and the coaches. The personality of the whole Without Limits community is so welcoming, motivating, and fun – who wouldn’t love being around that all the time?
- USATF Level 2 Certified Coach Specializing in Endurance
- USATF Level 1 Certified Track and Field Coach
- 2018 NCHSAA 4A State Runners Up, Cross Country, Green Hope High School
- 2018 Central Tar Heel Conference Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year
- 1983; 1984: Member of the Maryland 4A State Runners Up, Cross Country
- 1985: Member of the Maryland State Champions Cross Country
*Why are your distances so weird? I am 50 years old, and that’s how we used to do it in the olden days.