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Murphy Challenge

You can take part in the Murphy Challenge in honor of the late Lt. Michael P. Murphy on Monday, May 30, 2022.

A photo of Lt. Murphy in uniform with the information about the Murph challenge - 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, 1 mile run.

All are welcome!

Date: Monday, May 30, 2022

Time: 2-4 p.m.


Durham Hilton

3800 Hillsborough Rd

Durham, NC 27705

Lt. Michael P. Murphy was a U.S. Navy SEAL. In June 2005 he was an officer-in-charge of a four-man team for Operation Red Wing, a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. Murphy, whom friends called “Murph,” and his team had been scouting the leader of a guerrilla group when they were spotted.

At the time, Murph and the other men, Danny Dietz, Marcus Luttrell, and Matthew Axelson, were on foot at around 10,000 feet above sea level in the mountains. Enemy forces opened fire on the SEAL squad, and a firefight ensued. 

Murphy, Dietz, and Axelson lost their lives in the battle. Luttrell managed to escape to a nearby village, and he was eventually rescued a few weeks later on July 2. 

The full story is captured in the movie “The Lone Survivor,” which I highly recommend watching–especially if you plan on doing the workout. 

Murphy received the Purple Heart from former President George W. Bush, who cited his gallantry in risking his life for his men. He was also awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration someone can receive.

Lt. Michael Murphy did many grueling workouts while wearing a military-issued weight vest. One of his favorites was called “Body Armor,” and it was a 1-mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and then a 1-mile run, all while wearing a weighted vest.


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