Honoring a Fallen Veteran through Murph Challenge

People are honoring memorial day in their own way all over the Tri-State but a group of Evansville Crossfiters are getting a full body work out to honor a navy seal.

Its a challenge, the Murph Challenge but unlike other workouts this one tells a story.

"Michael Murphy was a United States navy seal that was killed in action. The Murph was designed after him, it's one of his favorite workouts,” said Crossfit athlete Lenny Reed.

For Lenny Reed the story of Lt. Michael Murphy of New York hits home.

"Today is a somber day for me I'm a us navy corpsman I'm retired 20 years,” said Reed.

So today these Crossfitters are putting themselves in the shoes of a fallen veteran they never knew.

The Murph Challenge is a one mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and finishes up with another mile run. All with a twenty pound vest on.

"He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his county and it's just a way that we can honor him,” said Reed.

But this challenge goes further than the walls of a gym. More than twenty scholarships are awarded across the country through pledging to do the workout, paid from the Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation.

"Sometime sometime should best people say happy memorial day but it's not a happy day really honestly,” said Reed.

It may not be a happy day but it is a day to honor our fallen.


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