From an early age, Maura and I competed along side each other in athletics, creating a bond we share to this day. On May 4, 2021 Maura would celebrate her 39th birthday and if she were here, I know we would start the day off with a workout - and probably end it with some friendly banter and beer!
To honor and remember Maura on her 39th birthday, our family, her friends, and supporters across the country are virtually participating in the first annual Maura Murray WOD (workout of the day) on May 4, 2021. It's the perfect way to remember Maura - breaking a sweat!
The WOD (aka, workout) consists of two events with special significance to Maura; a 2 mile run and 82 burpees. Maura’s best race was the 2 mile run and Maura’s birth year  will be the number of burpees guaranteed to make you sweat.
Supporters can join us by ordering an exclusive 2021 Maura WOD t-shirt by April 13th to wear during the workout. You'll break a sweat, honor Maura, and walk away with a Maura WOD t-shirt! Share photos, videos, and the results of your workout on May 4th via social media and use the hashtag #MauraMuscle to inspire others as we honor and remember my little sister Maura.
I look forward to seeing everyone [virtually] on May 4 and as always, thank you for your love and support - Maura would be amazed.
Background. A WOD is an official functional movement workout performed on a given day. Maura’s older sister and former teammate, Julie Murray, designed the Maura WOD based on a workout she wishes they could do together on Maura's birthday [May 4]. The workout is for everyone, and the 2 mile run and 82 burpees can be scaled to a 1-2 mile walk and 82 alternating step-ups depending on your fitness level.
On the evening of February 9, 2004, my sister Maura disappeared after her car crashed on Rt. 112 in Haverhill, NH. For sixteen years, a blue ribbon has been placed around a tree near the location Maura was last seen before she vanished without a trace. With no grave to visit or ashes to scatter, Maura’s blue ribbon serves as a symbol to remember and honor her.
My family and I are very excited to share the newly re-vamped website dedicated to all things Maura. Maura was born on this day 38 years ago, as such we think it is fitting way to celebrate her birthday. Our new site is a tribute to Maura and a resource for the public who have helped keep her memory alive and continue to play an instrumental role in our search for her. The site serves as the sole resource for information relayed directly from our family and it is our hope that this will help to eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the multiple social media groups related to Maura.