It’s a brutal test consisting of 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats sandwiched between two one-mile runs. The ultimate challenge is to complete the whole thing with a weight vest.
It hurts and for good reason.
“Murph” is completed in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy. He was killed in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005 at the age of 29.
In what would turn out to be his last mission, Lieutenant Murphy led a four-man reconnaissance team in Operation Red Wings. The ultimate goal of that mission was to perform surveillance and ultimately kill or capture a top Taliban leader.
After being dropped off by helicopter, the four SEALs were eventually engaged in heavy gunfire by Taliban fighters. The men were pinned down and severely outnumbered. In a courageous attempt to save his team members, Murphy left his position of cover to get a clear signal to radio headquarters. He was shot and killed but not before providing his unit’s location and successfully requesting assistance. Only one member of the four-person team, Marcus Luttrell, survived largely due to Murphy’s efforts.
We all get together and perform “Murph” on Memorial Day in honor of Lieutenant Michael Murphy. His courage and bravery in battle is hard to truly appreciate. His ultimate sacrifice to save his brothers is hard to fathom. He was a true hero.
This Saturday, when you’re tired, exhausted, hot, and overwhelmed, when you have 50 pull-ups to go and your hands hurt, when you’re struggling to finish that last mile, remember why we do “Murph” in the first place. Remember Lieutenant Murphy and his ultimate sacrifice for his brothers and country. Lean into the hurt.
Final schedule for Murph on Saturday, May 25, 2019:
8:20AM – Commemoration
8:30AM – Warm-up and workout description
9:00AM – Murph start
10:45AM-Whenever – BBQ
See you there!