In honor of a fallen Navy SEAL, people across the U.S. are hard at work this holiday weekend, celebrating Memorial Day with his favorite work out.
Today at Mandan Crossfit, everyone is doing the “Murph”.
Crossfit member Peter Comis explains, “It’s a mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats and another mile run.”
The sweat poured in remembrance of Lieutenant Michael Murphy.
Cross Fit Mandan Owner Kat Bogers says, “He called it ‘Battle Armor’ so it’s done in a 20-pound vest if you have one. We do it in his honor every year.”
Many know him from the book and now movie, Lone Survivor, which was written by the only remaining member of a SEAL Team once led by Murphy. Lieutenant Murphy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor following his death in 2005, for risking his own life to save his teammates.
Navy and National Guard Veteran Darrin Schwind took his first stab at the “Murph”.
He adds, “In the service we do have workouts but it’s nothing quite as intense as Crossfit. Crossfit is a little more of a challenge than our military workouts.”
But nerves didn’t stop Schwind or the rest of the team from completing the challenge.
Bogers says, “It helps you push through the workout knowing that you’re doing this to honor that person.”
Because as Schwind says, “It’s a tradition that’s been going on for quite a few years in honor of a great veteran, a great American fighting hero. So I feel honored to do this today.”
And any other “Murph” challenger will tell you the same.
This year all funds raised through the “Murph” challenge will help with the construction of the Leiutenant Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum and Sea Cadet Training Facility in New York.