As many of you may know, this month we will be preparing for the Hero WOD Murph. As written, the workout consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and finishes with another 1-mile run (*With a 20 lb Vest or Body Armor). Each year on Memorial Day, the CrossFit community comes together to show tribute to Lt. Michael Murphy. The workout, he called, “Body Armor”, was one of his favorite WODs.
Why is he a hero?
On June 28th, 2005, in Afghanistan, his team of SEALs went out on their mission. Shortly after they arrived to the location, the Taliban spotted and ambushed them. Being outnumbered and with little time to spare, Lt. Murphy knew that he had to call for help. Murphy went into action by exposing himself to the enemy in order to get a better signal to call for help. Unfortunately, this act of bravery put him in the line of fire and ultimately cost him his life. The fortunate part was that he was able to get in contact with U.S. forces that eventually rescued the sole survivor of the group, Marcus Luttrell, who could later tell this remarkable story.
Hero WODs and CrossFit
This is just one of the many Hero WODs that we see throughout the year, although this one will always be celebrated on Memorial Day. We do this workout not only to honor Lt. Murphy, but also to remember and celebrate the lives of all of the heroes that have fought for our country and died in the line of fire.
Annual Murph WOD and Cookout
This year for the first time in 3 years, we will be doing our annual Memorial Day cookout and potluck proceeding the Murph workouts. The heats will be at 7:30 am, 8:30 am, and 9:30 am on Monday, May 30th, with the cookout following. Come out and pay tribute to our fallen heroes by participating in one of the three heats, and enjoy some delicious food and fellowship afterwards!