Dr. Scott Murr, Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Department
and co-author of Runner's World Run Less Run Faster, 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.
Scott has taught Lifetime Wellness, Facility and Event Management,
Computer Application in Exercise/Health Science, Legal Aspects in
Physical Education and Sport, Sport Marketing, and Exercise
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 daily in the
$10 million renovation of the Physical Activities
Center which was completed in 2009. He currently instructs HSC 101
Wellness Concepts and coordinates the Human Performance Labs. 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 GO magazine, the local fitness magazine as well
as PACE magazine, the local running magazine.
Scott is co-founder of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific
Training (FIRST). FIRST promotes running as a healthy physical activity
by providing training based on scientific principles and research.
Scott Murr is a 25 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 is the Training Performance Director
of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST).
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.