This unique Memorial Day tradition is an ultra-intense workout that takes place throughout the United States, and is the annual fundraiser of the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Lt. Murphy, despite being severely wounded, relayed the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, and the recovery of the remains of the three other SEAls who were killed in a 2005 battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to the Murph Foundation website.
To honor Lt. Murphy, and raise money for scholarships in his name, a not-for-the-faint-of-heart workout dubbed the Murph Challenge was conceived. The challenge includes a one-mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, and second one-mile run — all while wearing either a 20 pound vest or body armor.
Beginning on Memorial Day, each registrant will be asked to return to TheMurphChallenge.com and submit their ‘MURPH’ time to compare their achievement with other participants throughout the U.S.," the Murph Challengewebsite explained. "All times submitted will be displayed on a national leaderboard found at TheMurphChallenge.com. From that board, the top five men and top five women will be recognized for their efforts.