Tim & Jessica Murphy

Ali on the Run Show Episode 82: Tim & Jessica Murphy, Co-Founders of BibRave

You have to be OK with hearing no, but also not letting that be the last thing that you hear.’” — Tim Murphy

Tim and Jessica Murphy are the husband-and-wife team behind BibRave — the Yelp for running races. They’re the ultimate industry insiders, and on this episode, they share their journey to becoming entrepreneurs (before going all-in on BibRave, Jessica worked at LinkedIn, Nike, and Runner’s World, and Tim worked just about everywhere, doing a little of everything), and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. They open up about the moments — and emails! — that made them question what they were doing, and ultimately share what has made BibRave so successful. Plus, Tim (an ultra runner) and Jessica (a 20-time marathoner) talk about what they’ve learned from the BibRave community, and what people really love and really hate about races. This is a must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone who has thought about going into business with a significant other.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Tim and Jessica share how they came up with the idea for BibRave, and when they realized it could be a viable business (5:00)
  • What Tim and Jessica were doing before they became entrepreneurs, and how their careers prepared them to make them jump (11:45)
  • Who’s the boss at BibRave? (18:20)
  • How Tim and Jessica actually grew BibRave into a business, and the moments that made them question what they were doing (19:45)
  • How Tim and Jessica let rejection and tough phone calls roll off their backs (24:30)
  • What Tim and Jessica fight about, and whether they get sick of each other (26:00)
  • What Tim and Jessica spend most of their time worrying about, and what’s next for their business (41:15)
  • What Tim and Jessica say people love — and loathe — most about races (51:20)
  • Tim and Jessica share their best advice for couples who choose to become business partners (57:40)

What we mention on this episode:


Ali on the Run Show Live

Chicago Marathon

The Atlantic

Runner’s World

Honolulu Marathon

Running USA

The BibRave 100

Missoula Marathon

North Face Endurance Challenge Series

Leadville 100

Steamtown Marathon

Desiree Linden

Meb Keflezighi

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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