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“Murph Day” benefit WOD for Navy SEAL Foundation

3rd Annual Navy SEAL Memorial Challenge – AKA “Murph Day 2011

Presented by SEALFIT and Windy City CrossFit

Benefitng the Navy SEAL Foundation

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In honor of Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Michael Murphy and all fallen veterans, Windy City CrossFit joins gyms nationwide to host “Murph Day 2011” on Saturday, June 4th.   Proceeds will go to the Navy Seal Foundation.  Any size donation is required to participate, and this event will be open to donations from supporters and spectators as well.  All donations are tax-deductible, please donate online, and be sure to direct your donation toward the “Navy SEAL Memorial Challenge” and specify your CrossFit or other gym in the comment section.  Be sure to bring your receipt to the event as it will serve as your ticket to compete.

SEALFIT, Windy City CrossFit and the participating gyms (listed below) are proud to host this event for the 3rd consecutive year.  Our goal is to raise $100,000 in total.  Last year we raised over $14,000.  In addition to the event there will be food, drinks, and lots of fun!

This is a fantastic event for a great cause, so please do everything you can to get friends, family, and the greater community involved!
The Workout:

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.  This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”.  We will honor a focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

For time:
1 mile run
100 pull ups
200 push ups
300 squats
1 mile run

Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.



Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 8am – Finish

Current Participating Gyms:


Windy City CrossFit

CrossFit Austin

CrossFit Invictus

CrossFit Dallas Central

CrossFit Bellevue

Trident CrossFit

CrossFit Scottsdale

CrossFit Amundson

CrossFit Victrix

CrossFit Virginia Beach

Medal of Honor Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy’s team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four-member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and extraordinary devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


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