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POC: SMSgt David Smith

Location: East Side Gazebo

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Murph’s Challenge:  Run 1 mile, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, Run 1 mile.

RULES: For the calisthenics portion of the challenge the individual may do them straight from pull ups to push ups to squats, or they may break it up.  For example, 10 sets of 10 pull ups, 20 push ups and 30 squats.  It doesn’t matter as long as they get all the reps in.  For the teams doing the challenge, the time stops once every member finishes the run.

You may compete as either an individual or a team. 

Maximum  number of people on a team is 12

There is no time limit to the challenge, the goal is just to finish each rep and each step! A fast “Murph” time is anywhere from 25-30min. On average people usually finish around 45min.

LOCATION:  Gazebo on the running track which is located behind the Dole Center. (the one with the pull up bars)


  •  Individual event
  •  Team event 

*Please be early so we can keep everyone on the same start time.

Learn more about “The Murph”


Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy

United States Navy (SEAL)
May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, fondly referred to by friends and family as “Murph,”
was born May 7, 1976 in Smithtown, N.Y. and grew up in the New York City
commuter town of Patchogue, N.Y. on Long Island.

Murphy grew up active in sports and attended Patchogue’s Saxton Middle
School. In high school, Murphy took a summer lifeguard job at the Brookhaven
town beach in Lake Ronkonkoma – a job he returned to each summer through his
college years. Murphy graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1994.

Murphy attended Penn State University, where he was an exceptional
all-around athlete and student, excelling at ice hockey and graduating with
honors. He was an avid reader; his reading tastes ranged from the Greek
historian Herodotus to Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” Murphy’s favorite book was
Steven Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire,” about the Spartan stand at Thermopylae.
In 1998, he graduated with a pair of Bachelor of Arts degrees from Penn
State – in political science and psychology.

Following graduation, he was accepted to several law schools, but instead he
changed course.  Slightly built at 5 feet 10 inches, Murphy decided to
attend SEAL mentoring sessions at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings
Point with his sights on becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL. Murphy accepted an
appointment to the Navy’s Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla., in
September, 2000.

Murphy was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy on Dec. 13, 2000, and began
Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., in
January 2001, graduating with Class 236. BUD/S is a six-month training
course and the first step to becoming a Navy SEAL.

Upon graduation from BUD/S, he attended the Army Jump School, SEAL
Qualification Training and SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) school. Lt. Murphy
earned his SEAL Trident and checked on board SDV Team (SDVT) 1 in Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii in July of 2002. In October of 2002, he deployed with Foxtrot
Platoon to Jordan as the liaison officer for Exercise Early Victor.

Following his tour with SDVT-1, Lt. Murphy was assigned to Special
Operations Central Command in Florida and deployed to Qatar in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Qatar, Lt. Murphy was deployed
to the Horn of Africa, Djibouti, to assist in the operational planning of
future SDV missions.

In early 2005, Murphy was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 as
assistant officer in charge of ALFA Platoon and deployed to Afghanistan in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL
element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding 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.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight
additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part
of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer
to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to
crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to
fight.  By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills
and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and
Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated
35 Taliban were also dead.  The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
(SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled
grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL
and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day;
after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby
village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by
U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational
devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to
relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of
Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the

Lt. Murphy was buried at Calverton National Cemetery less than 20 miles from
his childhood home. Lt. Murphy’s other personal awards include the Purple
Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy
and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon and
National Defense Service Medal.

Lt. Murphy is survived by his mother Maureen Murphy; his father Dan Murphy;
and his brother John Murphy. Dan and Maureen Murphy, who were divorced in
1999, remain close friends and continue to live in N.Y.  Their son John, 22,
attends the New York Institute of Technology, and upon graduation will
pursue a career in criminal justice, having been accepted to the New York
City Police Department.

To check out more information official site dedicated to the event, click MURPH.