Clayton Murphy Bio: Wife, Olympics & Net Worth

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Hailing from the United States, Clayton Murphy is a professional mid-distance runner known for his determination and dedication to challenging but rewarding work. He made his country proud by winning gold in the Men’s 800 Meters at the 2020 US Olympics Team – track & field. 

Murphy comes from an athletic background. But, even though he comes from an athletic family, it’s a surprise how Clayton accomplished a lot all by himself.

The American mid-distance runner won the gold medal in the 800-meter run at the 2015 Pan American games and a bronze medal in the 800-meter run at the 2016 Olympic Games. 

American Middle-Distance Runner Clayton Murphy
American Middle-Distance Runner Clayton Murphy (Source: Twitter)

Clayton ran independently for the University of Akron before signing a contract deal with Nike in June 2016 and joining the Nike Oregon Project. As of 2024, he has a net worth of $1 million. 

In this article today, we will talk about Clayton and his career as a  mid-distance runner. In the meantime, we will also discuss his family, childhood, earnings, and many more.

So get ready to know more about Clayton Murphy right here. But before moving on, let’s glance at the undermentioned quick facts!

 Clayton Murphy | Quick Facts

Full Name Clayton Murphy
Birth Date February 26, 1995
Age 29 Years Old
Birth Place Greenville, Ohio
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
  • Tri-Village High School
  • The University of Akron
Horoscope Pisces
Father’s Name Mark Murphy
Mother’s Name Melinda Murphy
Siblings Wesley Murphy
Height 5’11″/1.80 m/180 cm
Weight 68 kg/150 lb
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Black
Personal Best(s)
  • 800 meters: 1:42.93
  • 1500 meters: 3:36.23
Build Athletic
Relationship Status Married
Wife Ariana Washington
College Team Akron Zips
Profession Mid-distance Runner
Net Worth $1 Million
  • Bronze medal in the 2016 Olympic
  • Gold medal in the 2017 World Relays
Active Since 2016-Present 
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last update March 2024

Clayton Murphy | Early Life, Education, And Parents

Clayton Murphy was born in Greenville, Ohio, United States, to supporting parents Mark Murphy and Melinda Murphy.

His father, Mark, was a former basketball coach who wanted him to lead his team in Ohio State Championship. But something else was destined for him.

Aside from his parents, he grew up with his brother Wesley Murphy. Besides, Clayton and his brother had an average childhood rather than a lavish one.

Clayton Sat On The Ground After Winning Thrilling 800m Olympic Trials
Clayton Sat On The Ground After Winning Thrilling 800m Olympic Trials (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Like any other farm boy, Murphy looked after his pigs and other animals. Similarly, his father once mentioned that Clayton is very good at pig selling and running.

From a very early age, Murphy had a great interest in sports. However, his main journey started after he joined Tri-Village High School.

He also played soccer, field and track, and basketball in high school, but later, the  American athlete chose running as a career.

From Basketball To Track & Field

It took some time for Mark to digest that his son gave up basketball and soccer to be a runner. But later, he believed in his son and let him do whatever he wanted to do in his life.

Mark even accompanied Clayton for his late-night practices.

In 2013, at the state track meet in Columbus, Clayton broke the Division III state record in a 1600-meter run. All the credit for Murphy winning this game goes to Le LaBadie.

Clayton Murphy during his 800 meters race which he wins eventually.
Clayton During His 800 Meters Race (Source: USA Today)

Talking about Le LaBadie, he is a coach who spotted Murphy in the 2011 Ohio cross-country meet. He felt Murphy had great potential, and if trained properly, he could make the nation proud.

Soon after, LaBadie and Murphy started to work together, resulting in Clayton’s steady progress. From there, his actual journey as a professional runner started. 

Clayton Murphy | Age, Height, And Body Measurements

Having born in the year 1995 makes Clayton 29 years old as of 2024. Likewise, this young American native shares his birthday on February 26, making his birth sign Pisces

And from what we know, people born under this zodiac sign are known for being creative, empathic, generous, and impressionable, among others.

Undoubtedly, he is one dedicated and passionate individual as well. If it weren’t for Murphy’s hard work and dedication, he would not have been where he is today.

Murphy Celebrating After Winning NCAA 1500M Title
Murphy Celebrating After Winning NCAA 1500M Title ( Source: Journal News)

Likewise, Murphy stands at 5’11″/1.80 m and weighs about 68 kg/150 lb. Thus, Clayton’s quickness and physicality are a plus in his time in the running field.

Not to mention, years of training and practicing in the field have made him healthy and fit for the game. His other body facts include short brown hair and stunning black eyes.

Clayton Murphy | Professional Career

Clayton finished high school with twelve Mid-American Titles and NCAA Divison I (Indoor 800 m, outdoor 1,500 m, & four All-American awards.)

After completing high school, he joined The University of Akron, where he trained with the Akron Zips college team. Later, Clayton won the mile run and was runner-up over 3000 meters. 

Similarly, in 2014, Clayton finished fourth at the MAC Cross Country Championships. He ran a personal best of 4:00.39 minutes for the indoor mile run in February. 

 Clayton Murphy
Olympian Clayton At Men’s Cross-Country (Source: Twitter)

The mid-distance runner placed 4th place at Mid-American Conference Championships in Cross Country and 20th place at the 2015 NCCA Division I Great Lakes Region Cross Country Championships. 

2016 was the year that changed his life forever. From there, he started to participate in international games. Clayton bagged a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, an outstanding achievement.

He finished first at the 2017 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships. Unfortunately, Murphy didn’t start in the 800 meters final after suffering an injury in the 1500 meters final. 

Moreover, Murphy won the 2020 Olympic Trails 800 m in 1:43.17 to make his second Olympic team. 

On March 17, 2022, he turned in a stellar performance in the men’s 800 m run, earning the bronze medal in his first international championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Clayton Murphy | Net Worth And Income

At the prime age of 29, Murphy has successfully become one of the best middle-distance runners. 

Besides honor and fame, the young and fantastic athlete has also garnered tremendous wealth.

Likewise, he has participated in many national and international competitions, including the Olympics, for over seven years; consequently, his net worth should not surprise anyone.

Clayton Murphy has a massive net worth of $1 million as of 2024.

American Runner Clayton
American Runner Clayton (Source: Instagram)

In 2016, Murphy bagged $10k for winning bronze in the Olympics. But, apart from that, Murphy has also won more than $50k after winning world relays.

It is estimated that Murphy has won $500k in prize money and bonuses only.

However, Murphy’s actual income has not been disclosed yet. But as soon as we get any information regarding his net worth, bonuses, and prize money, we will update you.

Undoubtedly, Murphy has a long way to go, and one day, he will surely be one of the greatest athletes of all time if he works hard and dedicates a lot of his time to training.

Clayton Murphy | Personal Life

Clayton Murphy is married to fellow long-distance runner Ariana Washington. The pair met each other in the 2016 Olympics.

Clayton and Ariana got engaged in California in the summer of 2018. They tied the knot on December 2019. 

How Did Murphy Propose To Ariana For A Wedding?

No doubt, they have a fairy tale love story, but less do you know that it took Murphy a lot of time and courage to propose to Ariana.

However, with family and close friends’ help, Murphy was finally able to pull off a complete surprise of a proposal for his lady love. 

Clayton Murphy and his beautiful wife, Ariana Washington.
Clayton Murphy and his beautiful wife, Ariana Washington (Source: Instagram)

The proposal was set in Napa Valley, where they planned to get married. While Ariana thought they were just there to enjoy time and look at wedding venues.

They started their day with a wine-tasting tour followed by lunch. Meanwhile, Ari was getting tired, and Clayton began to worry if Ari could make it to dinner.

However, Clayton did not lose hope and returned his hotel room, dressed himself up, and gathered the courage to propose  her.

Till then, Ari thought they were going for dinner; less did she know she was getting the biggest surprise of her life.

Finally, Clayton got down on his knee and popped the question. Undoubtedly, she said yes; who could say no to such a cute proposal?

Some Interesting Facts About Clayton Murphy

  • Clayton is worse at remembering dates, but when he proposed to Ariana, he remembered the total number of days they had been together. Indeed, this made Ariana fall more for Cayton.
  • Murphy and Ari wanted a classic wedding and everything to be in black and white for the wedding. 
  • Clayton Murphy felt that this pandemic (COVID-19) gave him an extra year to practice, and he felt he trained much better than ever for Tokyo Olympics.

Clayton Murphy | Social Media Presence

Murphy is pretty active on his social media and keeps it updated. He often shares pictures of himself on the track field with his fellow athletes.

Instagram: 40.2k followers


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A post shared by Clayton Murphy (@claytonmurphy)

Twitter: 12.8k followers

The middle-distance runner also shares travel pictures and videos with his followers and interacts with them via comments and live sessions. 

Clayton Murphy | Popularity 

Murphy is a renowned American mid-distance runner who won the gold in the Men’s 800 meters at the 2020 US Olympics team – track & field. 

Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Google Graph 2022
Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Google Graph 2022 (Source: Google Trend)

The graph shows his search trend for 12 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Did Clayton Murphy take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Yes, he did. But he failed to win any medal in the 2020 Olympics. 

Is Clayton the first American to win the Pan Pacific games?

No, he isn't. But Clayton became the first American in fifteen years to win it in 2015. However, this was his first international victory.

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