5.25.14 WOD- “Murph”

It’s Memorial Weekend!  We’ve been talking about Murph for a few weeks.  Sunday and Monday, all F.I.T. and PMCF classes will be doing the WOD “Murph” in honor of Mike Murphy who died serving our country.  This same weekend, CrossFit gyms around the country will be doing the same WOD in honor of our fallen heros.  We are excited to participate in one of CrossFits great traditions. Schedule for both days will be 8am, 9am, and 10am. (KidF.I.T classes will still be open on Sunday). We recommend doing this WOD either day and using the other as a much needed rest day.

Come participate in this grueling WOD, give a little to a good cause, and enjoy the camaraderie that an event like this creates. Here is his story:

LT. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wings, tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, LT. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

LT. Murphy fought on, allowing one member of his team (Marcus Luttrell) to escape, before he was killed. For his selfless actions, LT. Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 27, 2007. We honor his sacrifice and memory by completing this workout.

1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.

Here is a tribute to Michael Murphy showing the greatness of this incredible person.

[youtube height=”450″ width=”900″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEVDNZg33FE[/youtube]