FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Memorial Day is about reflecting and honoring those who have sacrificed for our country, and one local CrossFit gym hosted a workout today for that reason.
It’s called the Murph Challenge in honor of Lieutenant Michael Murphy who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2005.
The workout consists of:
- A 1-mile run
- 100 pullups
- 200 pushups
- 300 squats
- And another 1-mile run
Afforest Crossfit owner Collin Kerschner said everyone tackles the challenge differently.
“Everyone kind of does their own way,” he said. “Some will do it straight through, some will break it up.”
He said there’s an extra motivating factor to complete this workout.
“You know when you’re in that workout and you’re tired and you’re sore, you try to think about that hero, what they did, their sacrifice, and that helps you push a little further, a little harder,” Kerschner said.
For repeat participant James Ouellette, this year was special.
“This is my fifth time, but my first time as a citizen,” he said.
He said this time he’s even more proud of completing the challenge.
“So much better,” he said. “America’s the greatest nation in the world. And I’m so proud to be an American and to do such an important workout in honor of fallen soldiers.”
The workout also provides a sense of community
That helped push Hannah Atkins to complete the challenge.
“We all just try to give each other high fives as we run by,” she said. “I have a lot of friends here. We work out together and it’s just boosting everybody along and ‘we’ll make it through together’ type of thing.”
That camaraderie reminds them of their goal.
“You’re doing it for something bigger than yourself,” Ouellette said. “It’s more than just fitness.”
To honor those who served.
“Everybody serving, it’s incredible what they go through,” Atkins said.
And gave everything for their country.
“The greatest thing we can do as a nation for their sacrifice and to honor their sacrifice is to think about them and to be grateful they gave to defend, and that’s America,” Ouellette said.
The challenge raises money for the Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which gives out over 20 scholarships per year.
Donations are accepted year-round.