It’s finally May, and if you’ve been a CrossFit athlete for any length of time you’ll know that May means Memorial Day, which means our annual Murph Challenge is just around the corner! Keep reading to learn more about the challenge itself, how to attend, and how to order your 2023 Murph Shirt!
Memorial Day Murph Challenge – What, When, and Why?
The Murph challenge is an annual workout that the CrossFit community takes on each Memorial Day. In fact, “Murph” is one way a lot of people have found CrossFit throughout the years – whether they took on the challenge themselves and then learned about the CrossFit community after completing it, or a friend/ family member dragged them into a local affiliate to complete the workout with a class. Whatever the case, the Memorial Day Murph Challenge is a bond that many CrossFitters share throughout the country and even worldwide!
So what is the Murph Challenge, exactly?
Murph is what we call a “Hero WOD” in CrossFit, which are workouts created to honor a service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. “Murph” was created in August 2005 to honor Michael Murphy. You can learn more about the Murph Challenge, and the man behind the workout right HERE.
We also highly recommend the film “Lone Survivor” which highlights Michael Murphy and his group, depicting their experience in Afghanistan from the memories of the lone surviving member of the group, Marcus Luttrell.
The Murph Challenge itself is the following:
For Time, complete:
1 Mile Run
300 Air Squats
1 Mile Run
* If you have a weight vest or body armor, wear it
This workout is NOT for the faint of heart! It’s a long effort that has many different elements to challenge even the fittest athletes.
However, like all CrossFit workouts, the Murph Challenge is absolutely scalable and can be suited to a wide range of fitness levels.
The ability to have a workout that really packs a punch, but is also scalable for all is why the Murph Challenge is such a great community event at CrossFit affiliates, and one of the reasons we will continue to do it every Memorial Day!
Aevitas Fitness 2023 Memorial Day Murph Challenge Details
Date: Monday, May 29th
Location: Both Aevitas locations
Time: 8:00 AM & 9:15 AM start times. Refreshments will be available after!
Cost: Free, but you can purchase a t-shirt or make a donation (see link below) – all proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project
– NOTE: This year’s Murph Challenge at Aevitas is being sponsored by Liquid Death, which means that every penny of the cost of your t-shirts is going directly to the cause!
GET YOUR T-SHIRT!
Big thanks as always to Anna Oberkirker and Jon Noonan for making sure this year’s shirts are yet again a must-have item for your summer wardrobe! This year we have our normal unisex t-shirt and ladies tank option, as well as a cop tank!
If you’d like to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project through our Murph Challenge event, but do NOT want a t-shirt, you can use the t-shirt order form to pledge a $10, $20, or $50 donation.
The 2023 Murph T-Shirt Pre-order will only be open through Friday, May 12th – so make sure to get that order in ASAP!