By Verne Strickland May 31, 2011
CrossFit Wilmington owner Tony Cowden said the "Murph" workout is named after a fallen Navy SEAL named Michael Murphy. Cowden says the workout is intense and takes a lot of hard work.
The run is a mile out, then we do 100 pull-ups, 200 push-up, 300 squats, then run a mile back. And it’s over 90 degrees right now in the heat of the day, and we did that on purpose because we wanted to make it as miserable as possible so people would know Lt. Michael Murphy was experiencing, and Sergeant Bitner was experiencing when he was killed in April of this year.
We’re just doing it light today. Some of us have boots and 20-pound flak jackets on just to try and connect with our brothers and sisters. There were so many of them lost in this fight, over 7,000 patriotic young men and women, plus 40,000 veterans that are missing some part of themselves that you can see, and over a million missing some part of themselves that you can’t see.So we’re just here today to remember them. We’re here to live for them, as they would want us to live, and to celebrate, because as long as we remember them they’ll live forever.VS: It was a wonderful event, with a really impressive turn-out.
You know, John 15:13 tells us, 'No greater love can a man have than to give his life for his brother.' That scripture means both men and women. But that’s what we’re here for – we can sweat, strain, bleed a little bit, donate a few bucks, so some kids can go to college. We can do that. How many are here today, would you guess? I figure over 200. They did sell out of 100 tee-shirts. It was a great event. We are grateful for all the help, for the wonderful turn-out, and the generosity of Tony and CrossFit.
This summary from the "Murph" fundraiser was tallied in Pantano for Congress:
WECT-TV6 Wilmington ran this news piece to promote the Memorial Day event:
Wilmington gym honors fallen soldiers; raises money for familyPosted: May 28, 2011 6:53 PM EDT Updated: May 28, 2011 7:06 PM EDT
CrossFit Wilmington is hosting a "Murph on Memorial Day" fundraiser on Monday. The event is named after Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
CrossFit is located at 6603 Market Street in Wilmington.