My Elite Journey

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My name is Toccata Murphy. I am 49 years old and have been a Masters athlete for nine years! My doctors cannot understand how I am doing what I do at the level that I do because I have been told I should be in constant pain and will soon be a candidate for a knee replacement! I am an elite masters track and field competitor! I run the 60 m, 100 m, 200 m.

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Last season I ended up being the fastest 45+ woman in the US in all 3 events, 3rd in the world in the 60m and 100m, and 2nd in the world in the 200m! I have trained through not only pain from osteoarthritis in my knees, but hypoglycemia, rhabdomyolysis, newly diagnosed allergies, and sports induced asthma. I take care of my body as much as possible by eating right! I juice daily.

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I have a 4×100 American record and Penn Relay record (largest relay event in the world) in women’s 40-44 also! I have achieved a lot while working through great pain! I am doing what I love for many reasons! I love being almost 50, still looking like a professional athlete, still outracing college kids while navigating through my medical conditions! My sports doctor asks, “How do you run at this level?” I was told I should have difficulty walking, let alone run at the level that I do! Determination and faith can get one far! Thank you for reading about my journey!

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