CrossFit 806 is honoring military members who are serving and who have served our country by working out.
It all started with Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy Seal, and medal of honor recipient, who was killed in action back in 2005.
“Knowing that he served and that he lost his life for us. Doing something to just honor him on Memorial Day, it’s pretty important,” said Kyle Cato, CrossFit 806 Owner.
“Michael Murphy lost his life in Afghanistan fighting for our freedom,” Cato said. “His favorite workout was what we are doing. He did this often.”
That workout is known as Murph. It starts off with a one-mile run, followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and then capped off with another one-mile run.
While it may be tough, Veteran Glenda Harris sees it as a chance to not only remember Murphy but other veterans as well
“I enjoy it. It’s a good way to think about our members that didn’t make it out with their uniforms,” Harris said. “I was blessed enough to make it out of my uniform and I do this every year to recognize the folks that didn’t make it.”
Harris also said this workout is near and dear to her heart because it allows her to think back on those that were close to her that gave up their lives for our freedom.
“It’s a great honor because I think of some of my friends who didn’t make it. I didn’t have very many that didn’t make it back but the ones that didn’t, it’s been very painful at times to think back to when we were younger and where they would be today but they made that sacrifice for me so that I could be here,” Harris added.
“Knowing that our gym is just serving something more important than just your everyday workout. It’s pretty great,” Cato said.
So far, the Murph Challenge has raised more than $1 million for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which now provides 18 academic scholarships.