Returning to the University of Memphis Billy J. Murphey Track and Soccer Complex this summer for the eighth annual event in Memphis, TN, is the Ed Murphey Classic! The meet, being held July 11-13, has grown exponentially over the past seven years, and the 2024 edition will debut a new three-day format with field events on Thursday, track events on Friday, and the famous Beale Street Pole Vault and Road Mile on Saturday!

The Ed Murphey Classic began as a small event that has blossomed into a world-class competition. In 2023, the Ed Murphey Classic gained international recognition, ranking 25th globally and fifth nationally based on outstanding performances witnessed during the event. Moreover, the Murphey Classic is not just a track and field event; it’s a cornerstone of empowering Memphis youth towards healthier lifestyles. With the mission of the Murphey Track Club at its heart, this event offers no-cost clinics, coaching, and competition opportunities for local youth.

By providing access to world-class athletes, the Classic aims to inspire and motivate young athletes in the Memphis area, ultimately keeping them on the right track in sports and life. Launched in 2023, the Murphey Track Club further solidifies its commitment to the community by offering free coaching, uniforms, refreshments, and mentorship opportunities. By strategically locating practice sites in low-income areas, the club ensures accessibility for all, breaking down transportation barriers and fostering inclusivity. The Murphey Track Club’s impact also extends well beyond the track.

Through track and field clinics, the club collaborates with Memphis Shelby County Schools to provide inner-city kids with exposure to new disciplines and skill enhancements under the guidance of expert coaches. Similarly, the Ed Murphey Classic doesn’t just stop at hosting a professional event. Proceeds from the Classic are reinvested into the community through various outreach efforts. From providing essential equipment to local schools to supporting initiatives like the Shelby County Metro Track & Field camp, the Classic is a beacon of support, promoting youth development and community engagement every step of the way.

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