Clayton Murphy Bio: Wife, Olympics & Net Worth

Hailing from America, Clayton Murphy is a professional long-distance runner and 2017 World Relays winner.  

In general, Clayton is a lesser-known athlete. But Clayton is more capable of what he is described to be.

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

In this article today, we will talk of Clayton and his career as a long-distance runner.

Clayton Murphy appointed as an ambassador for one of Nike's social cause project.
Clayton Murphy was appointed as an ambassador for one of Nike’s social cause projects.

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 have an instant glance at the undermentioned quick facts!

Quick Facts

Full NameClayton Murphy
Birth DateFebruary 26, 1995
Age27 years old
Birth PlaceGreenville, Ohio, United States
Nick NameNot Available
  • Tri-Village High School
  • The University of Akron
Father’s NameMark Murphy
Mother’s NameMelinda Murphy
SiblingsWesley Murphy
Height5’11” (180 cm)
Weight150 lbs (68 kg)
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorBlack
Personal Best(s)
  • 800 meters: 1:42.93
  • 1500 meters: 3:36.23
Marital StatusMarried
WifeAriana Washington
College TeamAkron Zips
ProfessionLong-distance Runner
Net Worth$1 Million
  • Bronze medal in 2016 Olympic
  • Gold medal in 2017 World Relays
Active Since2016
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter
Last updateNovember, 2022

Clayton Murphy: Early Life, Education, and Parents

Clayton Murphy was born in Greenville, Ohio, United States, to Mark Murphy (father) and Melinda Murphy (mother).

Alex’s father 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.

Like any other farm boy, Murphy used to look after his pigs, show them and sell them. Similarly, his father once mentioned that Clayton is very good at pig selling, as good as running.

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

Further, he also played soccer, field and track, and basketball in high school, but later, the athlete decided to choose running as a career.

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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. Later, Mark even accompanied Clayton for his late-night practices.

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

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

Clayton Murphy during his 800 meters race which he wins eventually.
Clayton Murphy, during his 800 meters race which he wins eventually.

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

Clayton Murphy: Age, Height, and Body Measurements

Having born in the year, 1995 makes Clayton 27 years old as of now. 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 the other signs.

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 in the place where he is standing today.

Likewise, Murphy stands at 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weighs about 150 lbs (68 kg). 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.

Besides, Clayton’s other body facts include short brown hair and a stunning pair of black eyes.

Clayton Murphy’s Professional Career

Hence, Clayton finishes a successful high school career with twelve Mid-American Titles and NCAA Divison I (Indoor 800 m, outdoor 1500 m, & four All-American awards.)

After completing high school, he joins The University of Akron, where he trains with the Akron Zips. In 2013, Clayton won Mt. Sac relays.

Similarly, in 2014, Clayton even won MAC (Mid-American Conference) indoor meet.

Furthermore, Murphy finishes the 2014-15 season with fourth-place following academic year. Undoubtedly, he made records after records and even broke his records. 

From winning World Relays to getting a bronze medal in Olympics, Clayton was in university. 

Further, 2016 is the year that changed his life, and similarly, it was the best year of his life. From then, he started to participate in various games internationally.

Not to forget, in the same year, he bagged a bronze medal in Olympics, which indeed is a great achievement for him.

Not surprisingly, Clayton Murphy is participating in the 2021 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo. Now, it will be interesting to know if Clayton bags the gold in his name or not.

 Clayton Murphy
Olympian Clayton Murphy Cuts Ties with Akron and campaigns to Save Men’s Cross-Country.

Unfortunately, there are not many details regarding Clayton’s career as he had just started his career in 2016.

But as soon as we get anything informative and helpful, we will surely update you as quickly as possible.

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How much is Clayton Murphy worth? Net Worth and Income

At the prime age of 26, Murphy has gained huge success in becoming one of the best among long-distance runners. 

Apart from the honor and fame, this young and amazing athlete has garnered tremendous wealth as well.

Likewise, he is running in many international competitions, including Olympics, for over four years now; consequently, his net worth should not surprise anyone.

It is estimated that Clayton Murphy has a massive net worth of $500k-$1 million. However, Murphy’s net worth 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.

Likewise, it is also assumed that in 2016, Murphy bags $10,000 for winning bronze in Olympics. But, apart from that, Murphy has also won more than $50,000 after winning world relays.

Moreover, it is assumed that Murphy has won $500k in prize money and bonuses only.

Undoubtedly, Murphy has a long way to go, and one day, without any questions, 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.

Who is Clayton Murphy married to? Personal Life

Clayton Murphy is married to fellow long-distance runner Ariana Washington. Likewise, these two beautiful humans met each other in the 2016 Olympics and have known each other since then.

Also, Clayton and Ariana got engaged in California in the summer of 2018. Hence, they tied their knot in December of 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 to propose Ariana. Even though Murphy and Ari already planned their marriage venues, wedding planner, and all, Murphy hadn’t proposed to Ari in the right manner.

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

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

But rather, 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.

Clayton Murphy and his beautiful wife, Ariana Washington.
Clayton Murphy and his beautiful wife, Ariana Washington.

However, Clayton didn’t lose hope and goes back to his hotel room, dresses himself up, and gathers some courage to propose to her.

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

Finally, Clayton gets down on his knee, recalls all the lines he had practiced, and proposes to her. Undoubtedly, she said yes; who could say no to such a cute proposal?

Some Interesting Facts about Clayton Murphy

  • Clayton is really bad at remembering dates, but when he proposed to Ariana, he states all the number of days they have been together to that point. 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 feels that this pandemic (COVID-19) gave him an extra year to practice, and he feels he has trained much better than ever for Tokyo Olympics.

Social Media Presence

Clayton Murphy is pretty active in his social account and keeps it updated. However, most of the time, he shares pictures of him on the track field with his fellow athletes and posts his training videos.

Likewise, Clayton has succeeded in creating thousands of followers worldwide who catch up with his social media activities. 

Moreover, Clayton is on Instagram, with 31.3 k followers, and Twitter, with over 11.9k followers.

After joining the site back in September 2012, Murphy has tweeted around 8,663 times since then.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Clayton Murphy taking part in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics?

Yes, he is. Clayton is all prepared for the Olympics.

Is Clayton the first American to win Pan Pacific games?

No, he isn’t. But, Clayton is the first American in fifteen years to win it in 2015. However, this was his first international victory, and first gold medal wins as well.

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